Sunday, 28 April 2013
NWAlps on Tour day 2
Last night in the B&B i found a copy of a MTB magazine with an article on how to jump (and survive) on a bicycle. after trying to absorb this Ben and i decided we would give it a try the next day. So, after lunch we headed back up to the free ride area to put the theory into practice. I rolled down the start ramp and into the first table jump, compressed the forks into the face of the jump and as the front wheel left the lip pushed forward on the bars and....left the ground and landed safely on the down slope!! my first ever proper jump, i shouted back to Ben " just compress" as he headed in for his attempt, Ben is quite an accomplished "air merchant" but when he followed the technique we has studied he got a lot more air time and looked very smooth doing it "i can't believe how much easier it is like that" he grinned. I found the look of joy on his face hysterical. the next hour and a half was spent just playing like kids over the various jumps and drops, Ben got a pinch puncture going off the top ladder drop which gave us a nice breather and then hungry again and craving a beer the race was on to get back to the bottom of the hill and race wee did, flat out on the twisty blue trail, I managed to pass Ian and The Captain on the wider parts and then after following him closely i passed Ben when he went high on a berm and i took a shorter line under him, he tired to do the same manoeuvre at the next berm but i managed to close the door on him and hold the lead to the end :-)
this is the sixth time I've been to Glentress but today was the first time I've actually BEEN here, so pleased with my riding and progression today.