There was racing on two fronts this weekend as Gee struck out for Round 3 of the Portugal Cup, supported by Polish Pate and Lloydy and Rachel and Charlie stayed closer to home at Kinsham for some classic British racing at Pearce Cycles Round 1.
The question is who got more muddy?
In Portugal Gee was faced with “ A beast of a track” with awesome corners and jumps in the top section, fresh corners mid-way, a brutal pedal and then into another fast gnarly section at the bottom.
It had rained on and off throughout practice and the track was very wet, but on Sunday it dried it considerably –becoming slow and claggy.
Gee said “ That was a mega weekend’s racing, I was happy enough with my run, the track was awesome and the crowd even more awesome, feels like a good start to the season!”
Commencal’s Amaury Pierron took the win in 4.12.53 with teammate Remi Thirion in 2nd and GB’s Matt walker in 3rd.
In Kinsham the track conditions were pretty wild, “Big ruts and Bog” but it soon dried up for race day! Rachel and Charlie were both feeling good to be back between the tapes.
Charlie said “ I forgot how much I missed racing! It was great to get a race under my belt on the new setup. And it was cool that Rach and Luke the Academy rider, both pulled a good result out of the bag.
I haven’t rode at Kinsham in a long time so it was good to get back there. I’m happy with how the race went, 1st in run 1 then Joe Smith got me by a whisker in Finals, his 1.48.88 was 0.02 faster! I should’ve shaved my legs!!!
Youth rider Luke Williamson was also triumphant , his 1..55.68 was enough to take the win in 15-16 boys, and would also have been enough for the win in 17-18 category, Dan Atherton’s prodigy Jamie Cable raced the 17-18 years and came home with a solid seventh place.
Luke said “The times were pretty tight and the track at Kinsham got pretty chopped up by our race runs – just how I like a track to be. It was a fun weekend riding and great to start the season with a win, especially considering I’ve struggled to get up to speed early on in a race season in the past, The new Trek Session felt great.”
Meanwhile Rach was making the track “look effortless” , taking the win by 20 seconds.in 2.01.48 she said “ What an amazing weekend racing, the mud soon turned to amazing sunshine! Loads of ladies racing and a brilliantly organised event from the Pearce cycles crew.”
Kade Edwards was resting his hand for one more week.
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