Western Cape Gravity Series – Round 2 Helderberg
Upon arrival at Heldeberg trails it seemed to be a perfect morning with blue skies and no wind, though the heat was inevitable. Shuttling began early and all the riders were anxious to see the track conditions and which trails would be included for the event. First run down and the track felt amazing, lots of loose rocks and powder to keep you on your toes and deep ruts, which left very little room for error when pushing. After a few runs I got into a rhythm and felt comfortable, the track changed every run and was tricky too be consistent but that was all part of the fun. The wind started picking up and I decided to call it quits and keep some energy for race day.
Come race day I didn’t know what to expect being my 4th DH race ever and didn’t know where I was speed wise, luckily though I had my Intense M16 race weapon by my side. I got to practise runs in before seeding and the bike felt great. Now for the first timed run, I had a good start to the run but unfortunately got a little loose in the powder and stalled in a few corners, nevertheless I was stoked to make a full run and make it through the gnarly rock garden at the top. For the race run I decided to try go smooth and calm my nerves (easier said then done).
I kept it cool and toned it down a bit having an awesome race run, hitting my lines and having no scary moments. I ended up 8th overall and 7th in elite men againt tough competition.
I’d like to thank Karl Ebel from Intense South Afirca for the constant support and help and the event organisers for an awesome raceday.