Monday, January 17, 2011

Rutland — Trophy #6

National Trophy Round 6, Rutland Water

So, that's the season over, bar the shouting. I ended up 27th in the Rutland National Trophy. I managed to avoid going down in any of the first lap crashes — caused by a too-tight course with one distinct racing line which 90odd blokes all wanted to be on — but I did get held up a couple of times behind fallen riders. It didn't make too much difference though and I finished that first lap in the low 20's which would have been good — riding with the likes of Mike Cotty, Darren BArclay and Jamie Newall. But then it started raining, and although I felt perfect happy on the off-road sections, I managed to slide out on a tarmac corner. By the time I'd put my chain back on I was back in the mid-thirties, and feeling a bit pissed off.
National Trophy Round 6, Rutland Water
As the rain continued to fall, I kept going the same speed, glad to have plenty of targets to chase, and picking people off along the way, until eventually I was seconds off Greg Simcock, someone I've had a few good battles with this season. It was the last lap, so I gave it everyhting, until eventually, I gave it too much and slid out on one of the final corners, just as I was about to make contact.
To be honest, crashing there was probably a good thing — sprinting on slick tarmac would have been lethal, and sprinting for any position lower than top 10 is embarassing anyway. Don't do it kids.
Although it probably wouldn't be as embarassing as Kev's pre-race intervew with me...

4 comments:

  1. Can't believe that you used my video Andy. Thanks.

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  2. Figured you'd only put it up yourself. Always best to take the piss out of yourself before anyone else gets the chance

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  3. A-dub your legs ARE FLIPPIN shiny.

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