AMS ambassador Rich Payne, and the All Mountain Style Remap Clothing team race last weekends UK Gravity Enduro round 3. Seat and hear from themselves:
The UK Gravity Enduro series this year has been a mixed affair taking in the South West, The Lake District and now the North East. As a team we'd never been to Hamsterley before but were looking forward to racing and getting out on the hunt.
On arrival we were greeted by the usual cheery UKGE crew and also about 6 billion midges so quickly got the pit set up (kindly donated by the Jersey Cycle Association) and sealed our selves away as we geared up, got the bikes sorted and prepped up. With it being such a short loop at the event at approximately 20km there was no rush so up we pottered taking in the sights and checking out the lines on the way down. The stages were a mixed affair with 1+2 being tight and twisty and real hard to get any momentum or flow on the go then 3+4 being much more dh orientated and rougher then stage 5 being pretty much all trail centre and blasting berms the whole way down. With practice going well despite the damp weather all was looking good until Toby had an unfortunate head on incident with a tree and bust his bike beyond repair luckily through coming away from it himself unscathed, with this just happening near the pits we scampered back to inspect the damage and come up with a plan of action.
After a good bit of blagging later mega thanks has to go out to fellow racer Tom Dunn for lending Toby his spare bike and with qualifying just round the corner there was just enough time to get used to it. Quali's were up and I had a bit of a slow start and a few mistakes putting me in to 22nd in elite whilst Toby did well to adapt to a completely new bike and come over the line in 14th in senior both of us knowing there was work to be done.
Race day had its ups and downs despite the weathers constant attempt to rain on our parade. In elite i managed to move up to 15th overall again with some mistakes throughout the day but with the conditions i don't think anyone had completely clean runs whilst Tobe made the best of a bad situation and despite dropping his chain twice on different stage on moved down to 16th place so still salvaging some point for the overall. Big thanks to Remap Clothing, Allmountainstyle.com, The Cycle Centre, CCC and Jersey Cycle Association for there continued support.