Opposite ends of the land…

The weekend saw the team riding at both ends of the country, with Nick racing down south in the South West League and Sam, Scotty and Magspeed Racing new boy James Thompson all lining up at Round 2 of the National Trophy Series in Irvine, Scotland. A new addition to the National Trophy Series, Irvine is a very picturesque course, right next to the beach and looking out to the Isle of Arran. The first Magspeed rider to try this course was ‘Tomo’, in the Vet40 race, who, due to missing Round 1 through illness, ended up with a low grid position. Despite having a lot of work to do right from the start to make up for the gridding, Tomo managed to overcome getting caught up in and around crashes and got into a good rhythm, giving a strong performance throughout the race. He came across the line in 24th place which was a great result. After the Vet40 race on Saturday, the course was open for practice for the Sunday races. So, our boys hit the track, Sam, Scotty and Johnny Dodgin along for the ride, helping talk through lines in readiness for Sunday’s races…

Sunday brought amazing conditions for the second day of races, low temperatures with perfect blue skies for the hundreds of riders taking part across all the different categories. Sam was up first in the Junior Men’s race and, with a much better grid position after his cracking result at Round 1 in Derby, it was time for him to take advantage of not having to battle through the traffic to get towards the front. At 10am, the whistle blew and Sam was off, along with a big grid of the fastest juniors in the country. A strong start from our speedy youngster saw him settle into a decent group of fast boys, and, with the field soon splitting, Sam found himself battling for a top 10 position. The group was ultimately split by a crash at the bottom of a fast decent and then Sam had to chase hard. Unfazed, he got his head down and put in a solid performance catching and passing some of the riders with whom he’d be previously been tussling. A cracking performance from Smithy, coming home in 10th…top effort, roll on Round 3!

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Last race of the day, Senior Men…and time for Scotty to fly that spotty flag. Scotty says of the race “It’s a tough little course, with not much let up at all and some testing short climbs that, after an hour, start to take their toll…I got off the line well and was soon into the first sand section…but as expected, there were many crashes, which meant I was frustratingly held behind a messy tangle of bikes and riders.  Then the chase was on, as I tried to get to the next group, which included ‘cross and MTB legend Nick Craig. Just as contact was made, the riders hit the second sand section and there was another pile up which I got dragged into by the rider next to me. Craigy just missed it, and rode off into the distance. I then got into my rhythm and managed to catch the group ahead and then tried to hang onto a decent position. After a rough few weeks of illness, my legs weren’t quite on top form, but I was happy to come home 24th in the seniors.”

At the opposite end of the land, Nick took to the start of the South West League after a few weekends off ill… Here is Blighty’s take on events…

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After Derby I had a stinking cold that progressed into 10 days off the bike and a few days in bed, not ideal in the middle of the ‘cross season. We headed to Barnstaple (only 12 miles from home) for the South West League race. The course was very fast in places and the conditions were dry but there was a very cold wind. I got a good start and lead the field out with a bunch of 8-10 riders who swapped positions until the later laps. My legs felt good but I struggled with the accelerations – probably down to lack of training and illness. I ended up fourth senior – I had held third up until the last 300 meters but I had nothing more to give. It was great to get a race under my belt after a few weeks out and I am looking forward to the up and coming Trophy in Crawley and a trip to Belgium. Good news is I am holding 2nd overall in the Southwest League #teamorange


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