Welcome back guys and gals,
June is a busy month for enduro racing so I will try and keep on top of my race reports. Last weekend was the third round of the Welsh Enduro series, hosted at the Llandegla trail centre. A few bits have changed on the Trance E+ 2 Pro for this round; I’m now running a slightly narrower 2.5 Maxxis High Roller Doubledown casing on the rear as I’m quite hard on the tyres and this should help prevent side wall slashes on the rocky race stages. The new Giant Race Comfort saddle is bedding in nicely and has made those long rides in the saddle more bearable. Suspension wise, I’ve been gradually ramping up the sag in both forks and shock so I can run a little stiffer while still having fully open damping. This helps the bike deal with more high speed bump sensitivity. Also I’ve been reducing the rebound damping in the forks to make them a little more lively on the faster tougher tracks, again this is more of a high speed set up, as the conditions change I will have another look. Llandegla is more of a flat out, fast and loose track so I feel more comfortable on a stiffer set up.
Practice went well, I’m not trying to attack the course so much here, so I’m paying much more attention to smoother faster lines, finding where I can pump the bike instead of pedalling. Stage one is otherwise known as ‘Parallel Universe’ there’s a lot of small tabletops which you can easily over jump, so I was focusing on squashing the bike to put the wheels on the down slope and pump more speed. This takes practice and good timing and a relaxed riding style is needed! The rest of the stages are mostly similar, there’s one or two uphill sprint sections where you can put the bike into turbo and really make up some time. Practice is just working out where you can be most efficient as the stages are fairly physically demanding and you need to make sure you’ve enough energy left for the race lap.
The race went well, 17km with 1500ft of climbing, I feel I rode really well and my times were decent. I could do with a bit of work on the flat switchbacks as I seem to scrub off a lot of speed then find myself pedalling hard to get going again. At the end of the day I just missed the podium by 3 seconds in the E-Bikes category which landed me in 4th. Having consistent results in the first three rounds has put me into 2nd in the championship standings, so I'm pleased with that.
The next race is a bit of an epic one, myself and Alex are travelling up to Innerleithen, Scotland for the Tweedlove Enduro festival, we will both be riding the Transcenduro race on Saturday then I will be competing in the inaugural British round of the Bosch E-Bike championships, on Sunday.
Wish me luck!
Happy riding, keep it rubber side down and stay hydrated!
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