We loved the Swinduro last September, so we’re super excited to see it back early with a ladies only race on 18th March!
Well as you may have seen from some of the footage or can see from my tyres the weather was wet, mud was deep, conditions were testing and the course challenging.
The first 60 ladies from seeding were placed at the front on the grid with the next wave of keen racers behind. Being my first race I placed myself well behind the main pack hoping to get to the bottom without serious injury. The drone was launched, the count down started and the fox took her place on her start ramp, at this point I seriously felt ill, but then the klaxon went and the mass began to move.
As we progressed down the hill it was impossible to take the lines you had scouted in practice, as they either weren’t there, had a queue (no joke, we were that pollite) or someone was skidding down it on their arse. So I decided the best option was just to ride new lines and get around as many people as I could without being rude.
I am pleased to report that I rode the course and didn’t resort to sliding down the technical bits and although I could have gone a lot faster if I hadn’t had to stop for totally jammed wheels I am quite pleased for my first result.
So the numbers:
- 260 potential riders (200 tickets, 50 prize/media/company/pro, 10 team entry)
- 186 went up to race
- 138th is where I placed
Would I do it again? Hell yeah, it was challenging, but I met the most amazing group of like minded, supportive and funny riders and maybe I’ll have a go at a few more events next season ♀
“Try a downhill race” they said… “It’ll be fun” they said… and actually, it was and I’d recommend it to everyone.
In the 8 years or so that mountain biking has become my main passion….obsession more like, I’d always said that I could never see myself riding DH or becoming a Downhiller. Nope, that wasn’t for me at all, trail riding was my thing with a bit of XC thrown in. It wasn’t that I didn’t like riding on fast descents, far from it in fact, but I also liked the challenge of having to tackle a climb in order to enjoy the ‘reward’ of a great descent.
Even several very enjoyable trips to Bike Park Wales, using the uplift for a full on day of descending wasn’t going to sway me, was it?
This past weekend, I entered my first DH race, the opening round of the MIJ Summer Series at the FOD. How did this happen you may ask?