Sunday, 22 April 2012

Enduro1 round 1 : Forest of Dean

First round of the Enduro 1 series, An all mtn enduro based more on dh than up hill was a real hit, 6 stages, 2 skills sections and a lot riding, Great fun event, so much so i may hit up round 2, First round was a mixed bag,First off my new enduro rigs not built so i was on my xc race bike with a dropper post, I got to the top of the climb for the first timed stage to have the tyre pop off the rear rim, pushed it in by dropping some air but had to ride it safe till i could sort after the stage, first stage was covered with cheater lines from the early runners, but we played by the rules and kept to the trail, stage 2 was the skills area, this was a range of tight bankings, got out this clean with no dabs, off to stage 3, a singletrack top section went well till a  long left handed berm, i just came in tapped out and flying, the poor corsa xc forks drove in hard and i thought i was going out the front door but we just saved it with a long old drift, small fire road was a mess, thought the trail went left but it went right, lost bit of time before hitting some sweet off camber dh trail to the finish. back up to hit stage 4, a long flowing dh trail, If you know the area you could of hit it harder, but played it safe but smooth with only one over braking in one corner as the only time lost other than my legs not wanting to pedal the flater sections.. Section 5 had a simple skills section and then a more all-mtn stage, skills are cleared we hit the fire road before the singletrack, went pop the post up.. it was already up! i had done the skills section high poster style, went hit the lever to drop it and lost the plot, ended up hitting my gear shifter, on this tech trail i had 2 small stop go time losses as i got two bends in a row wrong, such a hard stage all-mtn stage, Last stage was a DH run and a big run, the 100mm  Marzocchi xc forks did an amazing job but we were just holding on down this run, again loads lines if you were local to gain time, Hand rattled right off the bar on one G-out.. That was it race run, good times with the rest of the TrailHead crew, Im not looking for a result from this event but i will post it when they are on line..

Happy trails

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