This year has not been great for me results wise. I started the year a bit late due to working a lot over the first few months of the year, which wasn’t ideal but wouldn’t of made a huge amount of difference overall. In general my riding has just not been good enough, I did not train enough and just wasn’t riding very well.
However I have still had some great moments this year. Riding at the GoodWood festival of speed and finishing 3rd in the British championship were definitely the highlights of 2012 for me. Here is a list of what I have done and what I have achieved this year.
- British National trials Cup,World Elite class – 3rd
- World Biketrial championship,Elite – 11th (France, Spain, Italy)
- European Biketrial cup Round 2- 5th
- Overall – 12th (Competed in 1 of 3 rounds, Denmark)
- UCI World cup series – 53rd (Competed in 2 of 5 rounds) (Belgium)
- Rode and competed at ‘Dressler camp’ ; week long trials festival In the Czech republic
- Invited to the ‘GP Santal Marina di Pietrasanta’ (2,500 spectators present) 5th place finish
- Invited to compete in the GAS Arena at the GoodWood Festival of speed (thousands of spectators present during the day) where I finished In 2nd place
- I have continued my Associate officer role at The Cyclopark. I should be doing some more work with them over the winter In regards to coaching and developing a trials area
- I was appointed the First ever Rider representative the Biketrial International Union
- I also recently filmed for Exclusive sports media for a very exciting and interesting new project they are running. It should come out very good.
This weekend it was the final round of the British cup at Shipley Glen In Yorkshire. The day was not good for me, I was worrying a bit too much about my overall championship position rather than on the days result. I rode bad, fell off a lot and broke random things, I ended the day 5th,so not a day to remember.
However I did manage to move up and end the year 3rd In the series. I am the 2012 British Number 3 In the World Elite class – So I am very happy with this and its a great result to end the year with!
I’d like to thank Bio-Synergy for all your support In 2012, it is all greatly appreciated. I hope we can continue working together in 2013!
Thank you very much,
At the weekend it was the 6th and penultimate round of the British National Trials cup, held at Hook Woods In Surrey. As is common recently It seems, I broke something before the competition ( During warm up before the comp I stripped my rear hub )and made a bad start. At least I’m consistent!
I made a bad start; I 5′d my first 3 sections and went on to 5 2 more times during the first lap. ( a 5 is the highest you can score In each individual section, the winner of the comp is whoever gets the Lowest score)
Five 5′s and a lap score of 31 over an 8 section lap is terrible (The max you could have scored was 40).
On my second lap however things just changed. It may have been because my first lap was so bad I knew I couldn’t do much worse but everything just went right. I didn’t really make any mistakes, 1 or 2 tiny things, but that was all. I felt good during the entire lap and ended up having No 5′s at all and finishing the second lap on 13!
This gave me 2nd place in the ‘UCI World Elite’ category ( highest class).
This is my highest ever position in a 26″ National event, so I am very pleased!
During the competition and Build up I was drinking BIO SYNERGY PURE ENERGY, by far the best drink I have used during an event. In the days before I was using Bio Synergy WHEY BETTER and snacking on Bio Synergy Skinny Protein bars
Over the weekend I took a trip to the awesome country of Sweden. I was invited to ride In a round of the Swedish biketrial championship In Partille and In some shows at a massive retail park/shopping complex near Gothenburg.
The shows went really well, we had some great crowds all day and the weather was perfect. The organisers and local businesses were very pleased with the day. Thanks to Peter for the invite! www.peterbackgren.com
We woke up on competition day to a very miserable looking morning and the weather didn’t improve all day. The wet conditions made the competition very tough. Mud everywhere and slippery Ice like rocks made all the sections really hard and a few a bit scary in places!
I had a very poor first lap. I was trying to ride everything too clean and precise and I was trying every move the hard way, making my riding very smooth but inefficient in these conditions. On the second lap (when the heavens opened again) I made a good start and became a lot more relaxed. I decided not to worry about how my riding looked or whether I should take the hard or safer routes and just rode how I felt at each section. This paid off very well, on my second lap there were some sections that only me and the winner got through and my second lap score was the tied 3rd best, 3 behind 2nd. As my first was not great I finished the day In 5th place, 3 points behind 4th place finisher Aurelien Narses from France.
I have uploaded some pictures of the competition to the – Swedish Championship Gallery
Big thank you to Roger and Peter Backgren and to everyone else who made It a very enjoyable trip!
( – Aside from my car breaking down when leaving Stansted Airport and having to sign up to the AA at Midnight to get it repaired – Donations to fix the hole in my wallet this created are very welcome!)
This weekend I was In Antwerp for round 3 of the UCI Trials World cup. Due to the UCI series not being my main focus this year and partly because of the cost of it, this was the 2nd and probably the last round I will do of the 5 round series.
This worked quite well for me as there was no reason for me to think about ‘the big picture’ I could just go there and ride my bike.
The whole event was great, run over 3 days with huge support from companies such as Volvo and Red Bull and the city of Antwerp. We were next to the main part of the City and combining this with Sunny 30+ weather we attracted large, supportive crowds.
I was riding well throughout the day, having some really good rides on difficult sections. I made too many odd mistakes during the competition on the easier sections and also had some observer decisions made against me which I didn’t feel were right, which made my overall score and result pretty poor, however as I said this result ‘didn’t matter’ so much and I do think this was the best I have ridden all year and has given me good motivation as I enter the final part of the season
I have uploaded a gallery of pictures from the competiton ( thanks mum :p) have a look and see what the Antwerp world cup was like.
I have also just added a gallery from my week In the Czech republic at Dressler camp. These are some great professional pictures from my friend and hero of the trials community Lukas Burianek. I hope you enjoy them, you get a great sense of what the event was like and how fun it was.
For the past 3 weeks I have been travelling around Europe for this years Biketrial World championship. This year the events were help In Saix, France- Igualada, Spain and Sonico, Italy. All 3 events were great, these were probably the biggest world championships In terms of sponsorship and spectator turn out. There were thousands of people at each competition.
Results wise I did not end the championship as well as I had wanted. I was aiming for top 10 at all rounds, which was easily do able and I was riding well enough to achieve this In all 3 rounds however It just didn’t happen for me. I finished 10th,12th and 12th giving me 11th in the Overall standings something that I am disappointed with. The 2nd and 3rd rounds did not suite me and my bike at all, I am 1 of only 2 riders in the Elite class competing on a 26” bike, the sections all heavily lean towards suiting the 20” bike (In my eyes that is)
- This is just me making excuses though, If I had rode better I would have done better!
The results may have been disappointing, but the 3 week trip was an amazing experience. As I am an Elite rider (you must be specially selected for this class) the focus of all the comps were on us and with the events being so hugely attended that was a lot of attention.
There was Newspaper, Magazine and TV coverage at all events. The event in Spain was by far the biggest. We took over the town and during the opening ceremony I have never seen so many people fit into 1 town square, a sea of excitable Spaniards! As well as TV coverage after the event, the images were shown live and during the awards ceremony in the evening on Big screens TV – I got quite a lot of airtime which was great.
BikeTrial World Championships d’Igualada from OCISPORT Outdoor Experiences on Vimeo.
This is footage from Spanish TV of the event In Spain, I hope you like watching it, gives a good view of what the event was like. As you can see it was a pretty special!
During the championships the governing body of our sport ( The Biketrial International Union – BIU) had a revamp and created a new committee. In Italy I was told I had been selected to become the first ever rider representative for the Biketrial International Union! It was a very big shock, especially as before hand I had no idea it was happening. But I am very honoured to have been selected and that I was the rider they thought would be best for the job.
There are some pictures from each event on my wesbite, can view them below, hope you like them!
It’s been a pretty special week or so for me. After doing a run of 9 days straight of shows, I was home for 1 day before I headed out to Italy to take part in the “Grand Prix Internazionale di Bike Trial Santal” – a special rules, invitational competition.
The organisers invited 5 Italian riders and 5 foreign riders.It was held in the centre of Viaggio, a very popular, seaside tourist spot. I took part in a warm up demo on the Saturday night to promote the event and the main competition was on the sunday evening.
It was huge, we had hundreds of spectators during the evening and lots of media about, loads of photographers and a TV crew. It was a very fast paced exciting comp a lot of fun to be part of. I finished In 5th which wasn’t too bad – It was more about the event itself rather than the result.
After being home for a day I got message Inviting me to ride at a small event called to GoodWood festival of Speed! They were holding a MTB trials event on the Thursday In the GAS arena along the Motorbike trials, Freestyle Motocross and BMX events and asked me to take part. There were 3 riders taking part and we had a course that went around the whole arena. 3 Timed sections then a race at the end. It was filmed live on the Big screen in the arena and we had hundreds of spectators watching and following us around. It was great to see so many people following us showing such an Interest In Biketrials. Even though the competition wasn’t anything too serious……..I still should of won Mr Doney! I was being a bit too sporting, slowing down during a section while a rider fixed a puncture – I went a bit too slow! I’m blaming this for loosing out on 1st (Sore loser, I know, Rematch next year?)
We had the Animal Bike Tour’s James Thorne and Trials Legend Martyn Ashton commentating, they did a great job and it was fun being Interviewed a few times during the comp. We had a full on podium ceremony, champagne spraying and Prize Money, the lot – I was presented my Medal by Eigo Sato, a freestyle motocross superstar who takes part in the Red Bull X fighters.
I wont be forgetting this day in a Hurry!
I’ve just been looking over my calender, It was gradually getting fuller and fuller as summer got nearer – I didn’t realise just how full it was!
Just had a quick count, over the next 57 days, I’ll be competing,travelling or doing shows for 47 of them! :0
This will involve 15 days of shows, travelling abroad 5 times to 4 different countries and competing in 3 world championship events – Well I did want to keep busy……….
I think I will be emptying the entire Bio-Synergy warehouse this summer with all the products I’ll be using!!
See you on the other side!!
At the beginning of the year I took some time off from riding to work for a few months. Last week I finished this Job meaning I can now get back into riding again, training and competing as much as I can.
I immediately jumped into the deep end by competing in the 2nd round of the European cup In Denmark this weekend. After only 1 week (well 4 days) back on my bike after 3 months off, I wasn’t expecting much, instead using this weekend as training and to shack off some of the cobwebs.
Arriving at the venue It was hot, Very hot! The competition was held at Viborg trials and parkour park and was made up fully of man made obstacles. This meant It was going to be both very draining and would consist of big power moves, the exact opposite of what I needed at this moment in time.
The competition didn’t start great. During warm up, doing a gap jump my rear wheel axle snapped sending me flying into the edge of a concrete slab. Not only had I broken my rear wheel (Luckily I had a spare with me) I now had what can only be described as a giant extra knee cap in the middle of my shin!
Once the competition started things didn’t get that much better, on my second section I landed on the metal edge of a 6ft high cotton reel, causing me to fly off it and fall straight onto the floor on my back – It didn’t hurt at the time but now all the bruising is coming out, it is!
I was a bit more reserved after that. Riding ok but not great. I was feeling confident for my 3rd lap, I knew what I could do and could of got a good score….but it turns out I had heard wrong and there was only 2 laps, oops!!
I ended the day 5th and bottom of the elite class, so not ideal. I was only a couple of points off the 4th place rider, which is good considering my lack of riding, however I know I should have beaten him!