Friday, September 17, 2010

New Rides


This is the local slag. Everyones ridden her. Honestly, I'm not joking, nearly everyone I know has owned this bike at some point. Now it's my turn. I bike a few miles to work every day and this winter I wanted a single speed for maintenance reasons (read: laziness). I have only been riding it a week but I have got to say it's a lovely bike, really light and comfy. I was going to set up an old 70's bike I got given with a back wheel missing, but it was bigger and heavier than this 80's gem, and the difference in geometry in those ten years is quite considerable. Long live the pink peugeot!

Last monday I headed to thorpe park, I was excited about this as I have always had a love of rollercoasters and haven't been to a theme park in a good few years. Last time I went to Thorpe Park was a long long time ago, when I was really little.... I remember going on a train ride that got getting hijacked by pirates looking for something called the black spot and it scared the life out of me!!

I am glad to say there was no sign of pirates at Thorpe park this year! There was however, a ride and a live horror maze based on the film Saw ... well sorry for being a wuss but I was staying well away from that horror maze! Not my cup of tea. The ride looked ace though so I was up for a slice of that.

As the queue gets close to the ride you go into an old warehouse that's apparently something to do with the movie. You're queing in this dark corridor and all of a sudden this stupidly load gunshot goes off,and everyone jumps out of their skin! Funny stuff. Got on the ride and I didn't realise there was a bit of the ride in the dark! I was a bit nervous now I thought it was going to be a horror maze too! It wasn't really though, just had this really cool drop where you narrowly avoid a saw and can't see more than a metre of track in front. This was probably the best drop as you had less awareness of what was happening so you couldn't prepare for it. Outside you are dragged 100ft in the air, literally sraight up, then you are spat over the top and back down in a drop that is OVER vert! Looked really cool, but to be honest getting dragged up there was more intense than the drop! Slightly disappointing but still good. Not like that detonator ride that leaves you hanging then drops you in a flash... I think my stomach's still at the top of that, love it!

Anyways, I still won't be watching Saw, afer hearing the plot in an attempt to get some background knowledge on what the ride was about. It sounds like a gruesome & deadly version of the crystal maze. They could have made the film even scarier if they had casted Richard O'Brien...


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Friday, September 10, 2010

Tracy Moseley DH World Champ!


Massive congratulations to Tracy Moseley on winning the DH World Championships last week! I am so so happy for Tracey, this is like the Peaty story from last year all over again... Tracy has won everything but the World Champs for years, she fully deserves this title. Not only that, but she's one of the most down to earth, friendliest, most professional racers out there. Stoked for ya Mo!

Click to read Tracy's Worlds story





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Saturday, September 04, 2010

Rankin Returns


Back in February this year on the French trip, Jonny smashed his leg up good, loosing a lot of blood from the muscle and requiring a long haul of rehab. By August he was racing elbow to elbow with Hilly round the first berm at the Norwich regional... fully back on it!! He was a regular visitor to our trails last year so we have missed him this summer, along with Tricker who also bust leg earlier this year.

Bank Holiday monday may have been a little windy but having Jonny back at the trails made up for that! The mains were cross wind heavy but we had the back line running the best it's ridden in months, so we had a great ride. Jonny and Scoob were boshing tables into the berm, I got a few snaps. Hopefully we'll get to see Tricker back at the trails very soon as well.
The trails are still just about holding enough water from the heavy rain we had to keep digging... the new stuff on the mains is coming on good, we now have a lip after the roller, most of a landing, and a triple running along side the new set which will take you back into the backline berm at speed. I've missed digging, thank you rain!!

In other news, Scott Waterhouse took 4th at Bournemouth national weekend on his return from injury, rocking his new Charge tees...nice one Scott!

Photos:
Top of post: Jonny
Below, top to bottom:
Scoob
Joey
Jonny
Digging
Digging again
Scott Waterhouse













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