“Hello Everyone! As a tradition I went to the first round of the Maxxis Cup again this year to get up to speed before the first World Cup. I’ve been every year for the past five, I think now. It’s such a good event. Heres how it went:
Me and Dave Wardell AKA “Bullhead”, got there late wednesday night after a huge detour round Portugal thanks to my map reading skills. We said hello to a few folks at the race site then headed out to our accommodation.
Thursday was a mellow day. Tanning was first on the list then course walking and bike building. Got to have your priorities right!!
We got up a bit earlier friday to the euro breakfast… ham cheese and bread buns. It’s easy to do lots of practice runs here but I new this track would take it out of me so I took it easy and only did 5 or 6 just learning the track and trying some lines out. At the end of the day I was happy with my lines and ready to start putting some speed down the following morning. Mum and Dad were there on a bit of a holiday in their motorhome so we had a good chef for our evening meals, even though our sushi was a bit sketchy one night, ha, ha….
Saturday saw a lot more riders at the race, the track was rammed but I managed to get 5 decent runs in and I was feeling good on my bike. I changed the spring on my shock and made some adjustments to make my bike feel solid as I was getting faster and the track was getting rougher! We finished fairly late and headed back to our apartment for a good nights kip.
A few practice runs in the morning got me ready for the days events. Next was qualifying. It went good for me. I put down a good run but saved a little bit for the main. It put me into fifth position with Dan Atherton puncturing and a few other top riders making mistakes. I wanted to go for a top 3 spot but I would have been happy with a top 5 although I needed to remember just put a solid run together which is what I was there to practice.
I set off from the top and put some good power down where I needed to. The middle section went well apart from running wide after a harsh compression. I came through the line and went into the hot seat again. I ended up in 4th, just 2 seconds off Gee Atherton who took the win. Mission accomplished for me, really. I was made up to get another solid race run and to build my confidence going into the season!!
I’m going to stay home now until South Africa and get some more training done. I’d like to say a massive thank you to all my sponsors and my mum and dad for being the best chef and mechanic out there!!!”
Santa Cruz Syndicate