Since we last spoke I have had one of the most satisfying experiences of my life, I was leading a World Trials Championship round for one and a half laps! Yes on top of the world and boy did it feel good; no pressure, seriously, I was in a comfort zone and one I could soon get used to. I have also taken in the ‘Super Trial’, Trial Des Nations and another British Championship trial since we last spoke so let me bring up to speed on my trials life.
First I must apologise to my many fans for not appearing on the podium at the British World round, for various reasons I did not have the best of weekends despite the fantastic support. It was then on to the ‘Super Trial’ organised by the North Berks club who once again delivered a super event, run under the stop-allowed rules. You all know me well enough to understand that I love nothing more than putting a good show on the trials machine and I hope you all enjoyed watching me and the factory Beta in action. I had a little time off in August to relax and enjoy my first wedding anniversary with my wife Emma before getting out on the pedal iron to join the boys, who were riding for charity in the Pedal Des Alps team. I did the first part of the journey with my good pal Steve Peat before waving the boys goodbye as they headed across the channel. It was then straight into some serious training for the final rounds of the WTC. I had a superb machine prepared for me by the Beta team and despite the high altitude at 2,000 feet above sea level it was certainly on the pace, shall we say. I felt good on day one on Saturday posting a fourth position which bode well for day two. I set off as I usually do but at section three I took a quick five, which did not impress me. On section four though there were only two cleans, myself and Michael Brown, yes it was a case of ‘Come on you Brits’ and the crowd went crazy, I could even hear Yoomee above the noise! After I witnessed the ‘top’ riders taking fives it suddenly dawned on me I was leading after the first lap. I was pretty cool with this and went out on my second lap, but two fives on sections six and seven spoiled the fun. A five, once again on section three made worse by a light shower, pushed me down to fifth overall but proving I can run at the front is so good for the confidence. As always I was very proud to represent Great Britain at the Trials-Des Nations. I was very disappointed with myself for not winning my fifth British crown, but it’s congratulations to my friend and rival Michael Brown. I shall now take a small vacation before my next major event – The Scott!
Speak Soon – Dibsta!