Fort William BDS Round 2, after some good riding sessions and gym sessions round 2 of the BDS soon came round. I was feeling confident abut the event but nervous knowing how brutal the track can be. The trip started on the Friday by heading 450+ miles north with my race buddy Richard. My parents were also making the trip up for the event but had left a few hours earlier in the van. After a steady run up we got to Fort Will in time for sign on and a track walk. After a good scope of the track the only thing I knew would be my weakness was the big jumps on the motorway section.
Saturday morning came we were heading up the hill by half 10. Instantly at Fort William you notice just how fast and rough of a track it is! After a good 6/7 runs i was feeling good on track and ready to rest up for Sundays race. Sunday morning I got 2 steady runs in to get me up to speed and felt ready for seeding. My seeding run was going well and i was 14th at the split until I smashed my pedal on a big rock, bending the axel, I then spent the next section of the track trying to get clipped back in meaning I had a aweful speed trap but I made it to the bottom and ended up 26th which I wasnt happy about. I was very lucky to have help from Crank Brothers who sorted me out with a new pedal. After a chill I headed up for my race run. After a bit of a wait I set off, feeling great all the way down I was 12th at the split and finished 16th. Im very happy with the result knowing its the jumps I need to work on.
A couple of weeks after Fort William I headed to Caersws Downhill to get a good days riding on the downhill bike. The tracks were running amazing and super dusty. It was a great day and got to ride with some great people. Then on the Monday I headed to Revolution Bike Park, what a opposite the weather was to the previous day! It was soaking wet but as usual at Revo the tracks were amazing and was a great day on the downhill bike giving me confidence into the next races.