Thursday, December 29, 2011

Identiti Bikes announce BMX Race Team



It's official, I'm back on the BMX race scene!

It's been a long time... I needed the break, but now I can't wait to have fun racing again! I'm not expecting huge things - I'm certainly no full time athlete anymore. I just love riding my BMX and loving the buzz of going fast again. I'll be back on the 4X bike in the summer, but for now I'll be doing my best to rep Identiti on the national scene enjoy it and see what happens... Exciting times!

My Team mates are Martin Ogden, Jake Power and Michael Cummins, with Jordan Lunn, Pete Power and Josh Matthews on the Development Team.

I'll be on board the new Identiti Krisis MX frame with support from
Gusset
Halo
ODI
TSG
Renthal
Time
Foxhead Europe
Drift Innovation
Answer
Dia Comp
One Industries
Monster Energy
Maxxis
Vans
Hardcore Hobbies

Check out the press realease and follow the team on the Identiti Facebook page




















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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Manchester Indoor BMX track

Last week I headed up to Manchester to check out the new indoor BMX track. There's been a lot of comments about the track, particularly about the first jump so I was intregued to see what it was really like. The set up is like a Worlds track with an SX 8m start hill and a 5m amateur hill next to it. I have obviously ridden an SX hill before but never the 5m one. It's still pretty fast! I have to be honest though, I couldn't really see too much problem with the first jump... yeh, I can jump it, but that's irrelevant. What I did see was someone worse than 50/50 case it twice, and not look anywhere near crashing, and someone roll it fast next to someone jumping it and they didn't lose much ground. A jump that's a little bit quicker to jump than roll seems about right to me. Of course, if you do crash on it, it's gonna hurt....but it's not a bad jump, it's because of the speed you are going off that hill, the risks are gonna be higher whatever you are taking off at that speed. If you don't want to take those risks it can be rolled fast from what I saw, this may not be the case straight away but everything takes practice, you can always build up yor speed gradually. I can tell you I certainly didn't pedal 100% down a SX hill on my first few goes! I know some people won't necessarily agree or like my opinion, but everyone else has openly expressed theirs, so there you go, that's mine!

Anyway, after passing my BMX proficiency test, I had a good time sessioning the track, particularly the 2nd straight, it's fast and flowy! I didn't think I'd go back quite so soon, but when Jools invited a few of us to join Braintrees club session the following weekend and the temperature was in minus figures outside, I thought why the hell not! This time I started to have a little ride down the pro side of the 3rd straight, but left it a bit too late in the session. I jumped the first two and two on my last couple of goes, but didn't have time to work out what to do next as it was home time! I remembered the SD card for my Go Pro this week and took a few clips in the last half hour. Check it out...




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Sunday, December 04, 2011

Braintree BMX

After the fun we had at the winter regional the other week, Jonny and me headed back to Braintree for their club race yesterday. They have a great set up there and so a good turn out for racing. There was only 6 in our "Formula 1" race, but it turned out that there was also a 25+ race which most riders our age seemed to be in! Didn't matter though, good fun racing and it made us do some full laps. We were pretty tired by the end of the day as we rode non stop for a coupla hours before racing, then had a bit of a big double session in the gap between motos and finals too.

Was good to see Ross Tricker's BMX getting ridden for a change too, it's been neglected of late with all the Cyclocross he's been doing..... Only thing was, he wasn't riding it, he'd lent it to Kyle Evans for the day! Who by the way, was looking super smooth after only just getting back on the bike from a bad wrist break at the Brits.

After racing the club had their end of season presentation under floodlights, so we stuck around for a cup of tea (me) and a beer (Jonny) before heading home. Love the guys at Braintree, thanks for a great day again, we'll be back. If we weren't "Flyers" we'd definately be "Bullets"!

I took a few clips on the Go Pro and made a quick edit, check it out:


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