Saturday, 27 August 2011

Product 2012 shoot

Last few months i have been testing some grip compounds for Kore -USA and other such products, I have also done a photo shoot for KBC Helmets for its 2012 product cats and website etc.. Sorry, no photos from that shoot till later in the year when its out. so heres a few shots of my KBC Pro-x freeride/dh lid and my pump track lid for you.. Till next time follow TRAIL HEAD on facebook, my skills courses are now going.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

elbry xc photos from woodbury

couple more good shots from the last xc event.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Race update

(factory Mountain Cycle rumble after the last XC race). So the last few winters i have hit up the odd xc event, with around 12 riders at a national UK 4x (they dont do area races) in masters the sports dead on the ground, only made up of media and DH south west champs this year may not run because a lack of riders.. As for trail riding/ all mtn shredding and XC it booming here in the UK and im glad to be part of it and mix it up with my freeriding, with around 60 masters at the local winter races its clear where riders and sales are at and sponsors can also see this. My winter races have been hard work, a rider i once thrash every time now was doing a lap a few mins quicker than me and i have been working on getting my xc speed up, so this year i did the Haldon summer mid week races, tracks are simple but racings still racing and good hard fun, first race i did real well, i had a battle with a rider for most of the race, i would drop him on the dh and he would smoke me on the flats and climbs, with a lap to go in the short 1 hour race he dropped me but i was happy with my ride, Haldon race 2 and i got off to a quicker start but mid race that guy i had a battle with past me and with a lap to go i got a flat as i fadded in the pack.. So next i hit up the big Circus of dirt series, Stacked with fast xc racers and a race would be over 2 hours long.. The track was tech and i had high hopes of doing a good ride, the rider that i did battle at haldon was again in this race and was about 30/40 seconds ahead of me for most of the race, On the last lap i closed in on him but just as i got on his wheel i bonked big time and he would end the race some 4 mins+ ahead, but i was still happy with my ride and that guy that was smoking me in the winter events had a bad race and i finished still ahead of him even after a slow end to my race..things were on the up even if i was just out side the top 20... Next week and its the last of the haldon races, again fast and simple track, I got off the line well but starting near the back and the dust was thick and i hit a football size rock in the middle of the pack and almost ended my race in the opening climb, this fired me up and i got aggressive, put in a real strong ride and felt better on the climbs this time out, Even better, the rider i have been racing with ever event finished a few seconds behind me, i came in 7th.. few weeks of trainig and we hit the next circus of dirt event, another 2 hour race on a tech race track, off the line and i soon found myself on the dudes back wheel again! this time i felt he was holding me up on the climbs and lap 2 made my move, and pushed hard, also passing the guy that was killin me in the winter races, the last two laps (of a 6 lap race) were some of the hardest in my life, i was dead on my feet.. but i kept digging for all i was worth, i came in a strong 11th and felt like i would be so much stronger after such a hard race, so now were getting on a roll, we still have a lot work to get back to my old xc speed but we have one round of the Circus of Dirt to go and its on the hardest/steepest track of the year and its also doubles up as the south west xc champs, time to train a bit harder and hope i finish again ahead of the guys and start to focus on riders further up the pack to finish ahead of. After that its time to bust out some photo shoots and ride the bigger bikes again.
ramble over, time to train..

Sunday, 7 August 2011

circus of dirt round 4

With national ranking points up for grabs this Circus of Dirt series has got a stacked field of riders, After coming just out side the top 20 back in July we hit the tour again this time at Woodbury on a very single track tech course, It was a real good track for me, While im not up to XC pace yet i smashed it to come 11th, Real happy with this as we keep moving forward with our XC pace again and after two weekends on the MC battery doing DH it was a great result, I have to say a big thanks to Marzocchi UK, The 44 fork has been the fork for hardcore trail riding and XC racing this year, for the last two XC races we have run them kind of superx stiff but for Woodbury this weekend we ran them a little softer making it the perfect fork for the rooted DH sections to let me gain time on the pure XC race boys while remaining stiff for the sharp out the saddle climbs on my Factory Mountain Cycle Rumble.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

T H E without Mr T H E...

Toby Henderson Pedals On to New Venture

CERRITOS, CA--BMX racing legend Toby Henderson is leaving VSI Products, Inc. to pursue "something big and relevant" within the bicycle industry. Whatever it turns out to be, his countless fans and friends can be sure it will indeed be big and relevant.

Toby has been the chief operating officer (COO) and a shareholder in VSI since 2004 and he is largely responsible for making VSI what it is today. He is a visionary who conceived and implemented many ideas, developed countless innovative products, created brands and built an organization that supported his vision. His shares will be sold back to VSI for an undisclosed amount.

Toby left the racing circuit at the peak of his success and is now making a second big transition in the same spirit-in each case, with a great track record of achievement. Having met his goal of establishing VSI as the leader in the BMX racing segment, he has decided the time is right to move into the next phase of his career.

The staff at VSI wishes Toby success in his new endeavor and has been working on a transition plan to ensure smooth and uninterrupted operations. Business will continue as usual.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Carey Hart returns to SHIFT MX for 2012

Carey Hart's back riding in Shift MX gear along with a stacked moto team for 2012, Shift are back!