Well I just returned from an awesome weekend at the Portuguese national
championship in Porto de Mos central Portugal. We arrived early Saturday
morning and did a track walk. I have raced here once before so knew what the
track would be like. It was pretty much the same as last year but it seemed
like there was a lot more exposed rock and the tires and tubes would get a
Practice went well on Saturday except 2 flat rears and one broken wheel. The
track was definitely taking its toll, as there was more people coming across
the finish with flats than people who managed to not get a flat. But all in
all it was a good day practice got my lines down and had some fun. It will
definitely be a very physical run when race runs come around.
I arrived early Sunday morning as there is only one hours practice before
qualifying and wanted to get 2 solid practice runs in. First practice run I
caught a lot of riders and the second run I got a flat tire 100m out the
start. Not a great morning but I had a great day the previous day.
As I’m not Portuguese I was not able to race in my normal elite category so I
was put in the category for non license and non Portuguese with about 40
riders in total so a good number.
Qualifying came up and I was 6th off out my category as there was no real
order. The run went pretty good except a couple small mistakes and catching
the rider in front but got down with no flats and with a solid time went
into the hot seat. I was able to stay there till the end of my category and
won qualifying by 12 seconds and was pretty happy with that and a time that
would have qualified me in 8th in elite.
Race run I had the same plan be smooth and get down to the finish. I was
the last rider down as I qualified first. The run went real good I pushed harder
but I was also holding back as after getting so many flats over the weekend
a good finish is what I wanted. I came across the line with a good time
going 6 seconds quicker than qualifying and also winning the category by 17
seconds. I waited till the elite had finished and my time would have got me
5th in Elite which I was stoked about and that was my aim.
All in all it was a great weekend and the Portuguese really know how to put
a great race on.
A frequent venue on the national downhill circuit, Moelfre – in North Wales – would see a return to the fourcross racing, holding the 2015 National Championships alongside round five of the British Downhill Series. Not since 2006 had the welsh hillside seen fourcross racing with a lot of excitement building up to the return of the event at the classic venue.
The national championships stand as a one off event, away from any series, to crown the countries number one racer. With such a prestigious title on the line, the 44Racing Rockstar team were in attendance, with Elite regulars of Jack and Connor Hudson being joined by downhill rider Joe Mallinson. The Moelfre track is an old school lay out with tight corners made up of very loose dirt. Jack and Joe both made the decision of riding the Diamondback Mission 4x bikes, a 100mm travel short travel rig, which would favour the track conditions, with Connor opting to stay with the fast and snappy Assault hardtail.
The senior mens event at the national championships is run along the same format as the 4x Pro Tour. Riders will take an individual time trial before transferring to knock out stages of racing with the top two going through from each heat. The top four riders will make it into the A final to fight for the crown of national champion.
Time trials got underway with Connor Hudson being the first rider down. Easily spotted in his bright red Thor kit, Chudson flew down the track straight into the hot seat and first position with a solid time for the young rider’s first attempt at Senior qualifying. This time would hold for a little while before being knocked down to ninth place as the top riders came down. Joe Mallinson slotted in just behind him in thirteenth with Jack coming down in sixteenth.
Racing got underway with the round of thirty two. A good gate in his first heat saw Jack transfer through in second, following reigning champion Scott Beaumont to the bottom. A mistake in the first corner nearly knocked Connor out early but the younger Hudson brother was able to pull through to second place and move through to join his brother in the quarter finals. Mallo joined his fourcross team mates in moving through with a second place, also.
Quarter final number one would see Connor and Jack Hudson line up against each other in lanes three in four, with Scott Beaumont and Paul Bakewell in one and two. The gate dropped and a strong gate from Jack saw him move across over his younger brother, into second place behind Scott. Bakewell was able to squeeze through on Hudson through the tight first corner pushing him back into third. A desperate attempt to pass into a transfer spot in the tight 180 corner failed, moving Jack further back on the leading pair. The riders crossed the line with Jack in third and Connor very closely behind in fourth.
Up in the next quarter final was Joe Mallinson. Coming from gate three ‘Mallo’ made a strong dive for the lead into turn one, coming together with Duncan Ferris. The tight first corner on the fourcross track didn’t allow much room for error and saw the leading pair go off track and onto the floor. Unable to remount quickest Joe would cross the line in fourth place.
Results from the day would put Jack in 11th, Connor in 13th and Joe in 14th.
The next race for the 4x team will be the final two round of the British4x Series at Falmouth in a month’s time.
The race was in the north of portugal near the border of spain at a town called boticas. The race was a uci category 3 so there was uci points up for grabs.
The track was awesome all brand new the town have put many hours and spent a lot money getting the track ready. They did a great job the track was so much fun real fast some nice jumps real loamy dirt one of my favourites in portugal.
Saturday i did 9 practices runs to get used to the track as it was new and get lines dialled in. Every run just smiling and having fun
Sunday came around and did 2 practice runs. They put a lot of water down in the morning to prevent dust and the track was running so good with the moisture in the dirt
Qualifying came round and i was last elite rider down the hill as it was done in portuguese nationals ranking so pretty nervous but just went at it like i had been in practice just to have fun. I came down and went fastest by 4.5 seconds and was over the moon. The solid strike was loving this track and i was gelling well with it.
So race run came around and again i was last man down first time this has happened for me. A friend who was racing as well informed the track was totally different to qualifying and was very dry and loose. I went into the run with the same approach just having fun and smash it. Many of the turns got real loose and made some silly mistakes pushing on i finished one second quicker than qualifying but another rider beat my time by 1.8 seconds. Still i was really happy with 2nd as the winner was portuguese elite national champion a few years back and everything is still a learning curve as i only started downhill under 3 years ago so i can take the positives away from the race.
I was able to earn some valuable uci points and also won some euros which helped with the weekend costs
The third round of the U.S. Pro GRT series was held this past weekend at Angel Fire in New
Mexico. Clear skies and high temperatures greeted riders, and the Angel Fire trail crew laid
out dry, rough, and extremely fast courses for both professional and amateur riders. McKenna
made the 15 hour drive to northern New Mexico on Thursday, to be ready as practice got
underway Friday morning. McKenna was super excited to see how her freshly built Commencal
Supreme DH would handle the dusty, high-speed course.
Practice went very well for McKenna on both Friday and Saturday, getting plenty of
uninterrupted runs in on the rocky and loose track. Her favorite part was the lower section
which was extremely fast, with great bermed turns and big jumps. Practice finished Saturday
evening, with McKenna feeling super confident and eagerly awaiting the next day’s race.
Race Day came bright and early Sunday morning, and McKenna headed up for her two practice
runs. Both runs went without issue, and McKenna was feeling faster and faster each time. McKenna
would be racing Category 2 Open women, and even though she would be the smallest and, by far,
the youngest in her field of 8, she was feeling confident she could put down a good run with a
competitive time. She was the first to go in her group, and she had a great run and was able to
take the win, as well as set the fastest female time on the amateur course.
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I recently headed up to Round Top, NY for the 3rd Annual Round Top Enduro. I heard about how fun this event was last year so this year I wanted to check it out. I made the 3.5hr drive up on Friday to ride with my friend Seamus Powell (Giant Factory Off Road), who lives nearby. I don’t get to hang with Seamus too often so it was great to catch up and ride with him on his local trails.
I stayed overnight at the Riedlbauers Resort which was right next to the event. This couldn’t have worked out any better. Over-night stay was $88 and that included buffet dinner on Fri and all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sat., I LOVE breakfast. In my building were a group of guys from the Bronx and Long Island whom I met on Fri night while they were fixing each others bikes. It’s always cool to meet groups from different areas and hear their riding stories. I hope to catch up with them again sometime in the near future.
Friday was hot and humid with dry trail conditions but we wound up with a solid rain over night, so the course was a little greasy on race day. That combined with the rocky terrain made things tricky. I had “issues” on all 5 stages where I lost quite a bit of time but never crashed!
Heading up there I knew I’d see a lot of familiar faces but I didn’t set out to ride with anyone in particular. While waiting at the start of the first stage I had the opportunity to talk to some people about enduro racing and what I do with eastcoastenduro.com. Waiting behind me was Garrett Payer who was participating in his first enduro so I told him I’d ride with him for the day.
So off we went and it wound up being a good day. We’d share intel on the course and I tried to pass along any wisdom where I could. Garrett wound up winning his age group (12-18yo). I think he had a good time and will be back for more!
Our division had 14 guys registered for the event and I wound up in second place on the day so I’m happy with the outcome! Congratulations to fellow JORBA-ian, David Van Wart on the win! David and his son Dillon are some fast riders, we’ll see more podium shots of those two in the future I’m sure.
The event sold out of 100 spots which was nice to see. The community up there is great, everybody got involved to pull off a super event. I didn’t stick around for Sunday’s events which included guided rides, a Giant bike demo along with more food, beer and music. It was great to meet most of the Powell family and learn about their involvement in the mountain bike community. Can’t wait to get back next year!
Another race without any mechanical issues! I’m loving this trend and have to thank my sponsors for making fine products to stand up to the rough conditions we often put these bikes through.
Proceeds from the weekend-long event went to the Round Top Mountain Bike Association. I’m always happy to participate in events that wind up giving back to the trails and those who maintain them. Thanks to Dan Kirkhus for the photos!
Redhill Extreme, in Gloucestershire, is always a favourite on the British4x series. The fast, flowing, track always creates great racing and keeps the riders and spectators happy year after year. Coming off the back of the first two rounds of the 4X Pro Tour, In Winterberg and Fort William, the Diamondback 44Racing Rockstar team were in attendance, represented in the Elite category by brothers; Jack & Connor Hudson.
The boys arrived to Gloucester on Saturday afternoon, greeted by heavy rain. The red clay dirt gets very slick with even a little moisture so the riders were slightly hesitant to get out on track, a trend that seemed apparent with all of the British 4X riders. With a short lull in rain showers riders were able to get out and see how badly the weather would affect the weekends racing. Only running a little slower than normal, and still with plenty of grip, it wasn’t long before the 44Racing pair were back up to normal pace and looking fly in their bright Thor race kit, provided by Freestylextreme.com.
The team arrived back to the track on Sunday morning, this time to the bright sunshine more associated with the laid back atmosphere of Redhill. Practice got underway with a great turn out of riders getting down on the now quickly drying track. Sadly, one of the Youth riders suffered a big crash nearing the end of practice meaning the start of racing was slightly delayed while he was cared for. 44Racing wish Alex Piper and the other injured riders our best wishes and a speedy recovery, we hope to see you back out on track soon!
Racing got underway with the qualification motos and the Pro Elite category being the last to run down. In only his second has in Elite, the every stylish Connor Hudson got his day off to a great start with a second place finish, close to the back wheel of the heat race winner. This confidence was carried on to the next moto with a win, his first in only a very short time in the Pro category. Getting passed on the last corner would see Chudson take another second place and transfer through to the quarter finals.
Coming back from last week’s 4X Pro Tour in Fort William Jack Hudson was hoping to carry his form and confidence through to this weekend’s British 4x. Jack started the days racing with a slightly disappointing third and fourth place finish, despite having led both races through the first half of the track. Any mistakes were fixed in his third heat race taking his Diamondback Assault to a comfortable win and on to the quarter finals alongside his younger brother.
With both of the teams Elite riders making it out of the motos, it would be on to the quarter finals and the knock out stage of the competition. With the top two riders going through this stage of the competition gets very close in such a stacked Elite field. The fourth final of the quarters would see both 44Racing Rockstar riders lining up alongside each, with Connor in gate two and Jack on the outside in gate four. The gate dropped with the two Hudsons and, Redhill local, James Whitby all side by side going into the first corner. The tight 180 degree berm saw a lot of contact with the two 44Racing brothers getting a little tangled and dropping back to third and fourth. Despite doing their best to chase down the leading pair, the riders would cross the line with Jack in third and Connor closely behind in fourth.
These finishing positions in the quarters would put Jack into ninth place and Connor in thirteenth overall on the day
The 4X team have a four week break now before they join the downhill riders at Moelfre for the 4X National Championships being run alongside the British Downhill Series.
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Thank you to Shift Productions and Sadie Aldridge for the use of their photos.
This past weekend was the 3rd round of the Coppa Italia Enduro.
At the end of the race I was in 2nd place overall pushing me into 2nd in the Coppa Italia Enduro overall standings.
The fourth round of the series will be in La Thuile in a couple of weeks.
My current focus is on the Italian Enduro Championship that will take place at the end of this month in Canazei...
I can't wait to hang up the number on my bike again!
Jackson Goldstone has been popping up all over the internet this year. His Run Bike to Kindergarten video has been reposted several times. But Jackson is no longer in kindergarten and his skills have improved to a point that it is hard to believe what he is able to do. Check out his small part in this launch video for Spawn Cycles.
Many of you may have an idea who Blind Bobby is. This will give you a real insight into the way Bobby sees it. Get ready to turn the water works on …
Scott Secco and Pinkbike got together last year and started working on a project called Builder.
The movie features a lot of high profile athletes including Kore’s Jackson Goldstone.
The movie recently premiered at the Sea Otter Classic and will start touring the MTB community this month. Check out the teasers and go to Pinkbike.com to find out more about when it will be showing in your town, or when it will be available on the iTunes Store.
This past weekend Brett Wheeler raced in the third round of the Portuguese National Series. This round was a UCI Category 2 race so there were a lot of face races looking to collect points and move up to racing World Cups. Brett was able to finish 9th in elite on a course where breaking the top 10 is a major accomplishment.
For the story that goes with the video click on the link … http://www.pinkbike.com/news/digging-in-dreams-blake-samson-2015.html
Simon Silver and Ray George got together to build a jump line for their downhill bikes. They brought friend Connor Luther along to film the journey and progression that took place once the jumps were finished.
44 Racing has built up their 2015 team bikes and they look amazing. From the video you can see that they are finishing their builds with quality Kore components. Saddles, Pedals, Grips, Wheels, Bars and Stems have all be provided by Kore.