I negated putting this in the Race forum as not many people go there compared to the generic MTB forum.
As the title says, today was my first race. I seriously took up riding a year ago, and downhill about 3 months ago, so i had to learn real quick, and i did i think. This was the last race for the year - the State Championships. I didnt mind, it was open to everyone and i just wanted to race. Id pre-ridden most of the awesome new trail a fair bit thanks to liveing 45 minutes ride from there. But there was a whole bunch of new stuff since id last been there for this weekend. O crashed out pretty well in practice yesterday, but it was mostly just surface cuts (albeit surface cuts going from my elbow to covering my shoulder-blade!) and a sore shoulder. Practice was at 8 this morning, so i wss up early with a Pasta and WeetBix breakfast (Dont worry - two separate meals) and today was one of the rare times i didnt rid to the track. Thankfully i didnt crash in the two hours we had for practice today.
My first run was good - one of my slower ones, but a lot smoother and the rock garden i finally had nailed. I pulled off a sad 2:28:06, with most guys in my class (Under 17s FYI) pulling off a 1:50ish time. So really i didnt do too bad for my first race after 3 months of riding.
My family were there for my second run, as was my girlfriend, and i dont know if that put me off or what, but i false started, and then when i finally got going i crashed about 5 metres from the starting gate. Just a light crash, more of a tipple. But i had to get up and get going quick - the next guy was only now 25 seconds behind me! I think that tipple unsteadied me all run - i posted a 2:48:something for that run. 19 seconds slower.
Heres some pics, just as you would demand:
Geoff Pratt, Rider 134, present and accounted for.
The entry to the rockgarden. That black spot is on every photo from the last six months!!! Its so annoying.
Small pic, but im in sort of the middle of the photo, with my fist raised. Not sure why, i was having a hot-danged ball!
Now im riding. Try spot me!
Another "Wheres Wally". Where im heading here, theres a sharp left hander - mad rutted - leading into this......
Which some use as a jump, i pump it to keep my speed up for....
....this. Usually i get twice hat air, but as i said, that start gate crash really put me off. Big time. As per usual, this leads into....
...........this. What youre looking at there is my favourite berm of the whole trail.