3. Ryedale Rally

My day in the sun Starters 200+ Re­sult 11th (3rd in Rally bike class)

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A change of scenery led the cham­pi­onship to God’s coun­try for the Ryedale Rally, which takes place in the York­shire vil­lage of Goath­land. Prior to the start of the two-day event my men­tor Moly sat me down for a pep talk. He started off by telling me how well I was do­ing, but I could see in his eyes there was a ‘but’ com­ing. “I watched you at the Baja GB and you’re rid­ing re­ally smooth and you’re not mak­ing any mis­takes,” he ex­plained. “But you can be go­ing so much faster. I reckon you’re at about 60 to 70%, it’s time to stop mess­ing about and start push­ing!” he con­tin­ued.

With his words of mo­ti­va­tion fresh in my eas­ily ex­cited brain I set of from the start of the two-day Ryedale Rally. It was another three-lap-per­day event with a sight­ing lap and two timed laps. From the start I knew that the event would suit me and the bike well. In­stead of miles of fast, flat-out fire tracks, the Ryedale was more tech­ni­cal, sin­gle track with plenty of ruts. By the end of the first day I knew I was do­ing some­thing right be­cause when­ever I stopped I had fel­low com­peti­tors and spec­ta­tors gath­ered around the bike, ad­mir­ing the beau­ti­fully crafted rear 17-litre fuel tank that dou­bles as the sub­frame and ask­ing me what en­gine it was. It was a sur­prise to many to hear that it was only a 250.

Day two saw the lap run in re­verse or­der and un­like the two previous events the sun came out mak­ing it an even more en­joy­able af­fair. In what has to be one of my best ever days of rid­ing, the AJP floated through the ruts and dragged me out of the bogs and gave me the con­fi­dence to push past my previous 70% ef­fort lev­els.

I was re­warded with far and away the best re­sult of the year; fin­ish­ing 11th over­all and third in the Rally bike class from over 200 starters. They even gave me a tro­phy!

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