_46 Mondraker Gravity Rally Day 02

13/07/14

Route map here

Sunday meant that we went out on a bigger loop taking in 3 stages and about 25 miles, you start off with a rather large climb up to the top of Dunkery Beacon ready for the first stage.

Stage one was definitely the longest, it is pretty flat out but full of rocks with a good pedal in the middle and a few awkward turns, it is puncture alley for sure! Luckily I got down without and mistakes or punctures but with a few wild sections, loved it!

10th place

Stage two was quite short and with not much elevation drop but it was still fun none the less, you had to be on the pedals on every little bit to get a decent time, it was very twisty and up and down little holes through the trees with a couple of pretty fast sections. This was a one that if you had practiced it a little would have made a huge difference as you were never sure where the trail was going.

13th place

Stage three was much longer with a flat out section at the beginning into quite a sharp little climb which I think caught quite a lot of people out! It was then down through some new trails so was really loose and loamy in between the trees with one drop in it which was probably not the best to hit blind as there was a super heavy landing in a bit of a hole afterwards, then onto a super fast path that was cut into the hill and sort of followed the contours around the hill a little, this was a battle of confidence to just let the brakes go and hurtle to the line as if you went off the side you would not be stopping in a hurry as it was pretty steep, unless you hit a tree.

6th place

I think overall I ended up around 7th/8th place by comparing the times of the other guys around me in the stage that they screwed up my time in so pretty happy with that.

The queue of riders waiting to start Stage 1 of day 2
The queue of riders waiting to start Stage 1 of day 2
And he's off, this guy was actually pretty rapid as well, so I copied his lines
And he’s off, this guy was actually pretty rapid as well, so I copied his lines
Everyone chatting about Stage 2 and whether they made it around the tricky corner or not
Everyone chatting about Stage 2 and whether they made it around the tricky corner or not
Had to get one photo of me and Roger together on the yellow bikes
Had to get one photo of me and Roger together on the yellow bikes
The church that tells you you are about to hit the long uphill to stage 3
The church that tells you you are about to hit the long uphill to stage 3
We considered going for cream teas at the cafe through the gate since we knew there would be a massive queue waiting to start stage 3
We considered going for cream teas at the cafe through the gate since we knew there would be a massive queue waiting to start stage 3
Yep, as expected, there was a bit of a wait.
Yep, as expected, there was a bit of a wait.
But the weather was amazing and we had a a great view down over the valley we have been riding in
But the weather was amazing and we had a a great view down over the valley we have been riding in
At the bottom of stage 3 waiting for some others to ride back to camp
At the bottom of stage 3 waiting for some others to ride back to camp
The trail Roger showed me after the race was rather nice
The trail Roger showed me after the race was rather nice
25miles on the road back to the train station after two great days of racing
25miles on the road back to the train station after two great days of racing
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