Hi everyone! The weather is making the trails so dry at the moment, always great to ride and not end up in muddy clothes! Thomas and I decided to have a look at the different ways we corner the other day, and its super interesting to see the different styles we have. We both are on Kona Process 153s, although slightly different suspension setup, so it really shows the difference in approach.
I completed a course at Dirt School last week and it was super interesting to see how many bad habits I have picked up over time, and how little needs to be done to make huge improvements to my riding. The team over at Dirt School know their stuff and are really supportive in what they coach. I did the Trail Craft course as I wanted to improve my drop technique and overall riding position. Looking at this photo which was taken just before the course, I think my position has changed a lot. My level of lower limb fatigue has also reduced with the changed position, with straighter legs rather than the previous crouch which I had got used to rather than using my upper body to absorb some of the trail. It is so interesting to be coached on the basics, it really gets you thinking so more about every movement you make on the bike.
Now to go ride some sunny trails while the weather is so good...
Hi everyone! This weekend saw almost 300 riders take over the hills of Tomintoul for round 3 of the Scottish Enduro Series at Glenlivet Bike Park. The weekend consisted of trail centre type trails with a few new trails added for the race.
Glenlivet Bike Park is located in the north aspect of the Cairngorms, just outside the small town of Tomintoul. The Glenlivet trails are about 30km in total, with a blue and red trail, complemented with a range of additional natural trails to the outskirts of the main centre. Glenlivet trail centre has a good cafe and 24 hour toilets (perfect if you are staying overnight in a van or camping).
Whilst the trails at Glenlivet are not massively expansive, the Lecht is about 20 minutes away and has a couple of chair uplifted trails, so these may be a good 2 to join up on a trip, or visiting independently if passing though to go north.
The race itself took in over 30km of local trails and transitions, with lots of pedalling and good weather throughout. Photos from the race can be found here.
This weekend I am going a course with Dirt School, hopefully they can get me out of my bad habits!
Hi everyone! As I said before, I took a LOT of photos, so here is part 2. The first picture is my favourite of the weekend as it is of one of many Canadian flags flying in tribute of Steve Smith. There was a tribute organised mid race for Stevie in which there was a silent run in his honour. As the cameras crossed the finish line the atmosphere at the arena was incredible, with it evident how much Stevie had, in so many different ways, affected people's lives.
The race itself was action packed with it all down to Gee, who had a crash at the last moment, sealing the top spot for Greg Minnaar. Greg had held the top spot with an initial 6 second lead on the previous hot seat rider, with Eddie Masters making a number of mistakes on track, resulting in a bunch of crashes.
Next up is Glenlivet SES and hopefully the dry weather remains so the trail centre style stages run fast. More soon!
Hi everyone! What a great weekend at the Downhill World Cup in Fort William. The weather stayed great for both days and the crowd was on top form.
I spent a lot of Saturday at the top of the track, and was fortunate to spend a lot of time at the start gate. The opportunity to meet the riders during practice and experience the tension during qualifying is something else. The atmosphere following the Stevie Smith ride on Thursday evident with most riders wearing the #longlivechainsaw stickers and logos on their clothing.
I took a lot of photos over the weekend so part 2 will follow with more of the village and the race, plus a sneak peek at some 2017 product.