Next stop was the round 3 of the British Downhill Series in Glencoe, last year this event was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions but the forecast was looking good for the weekend ahead.
I walked the track late on firday evening and things were looking fun to say the least. The track at Glencoe is always challanging as it is steep, rough and technical and has enough on it to test the best of riders. Everyone was keen to head back get a good nights sleep in preperation for practise. A big shout out to Fraser McGlone and his parents who let me kip at their house for the weekend
Practise went well on saturday as there was a poor turn out due to last years event there was no queue at the uplift, this gave me the oppertunity to do as many runs I wanted. Greg and I decided to have a brake mid practise and go walk the track again as the lines were constantly changing due to the weather, we headed up for a final run to test out some new lines. I was running the Schwalbe Dirty Dan’s all day and they were hooking up a treat.
With some over night rain the track was running fast for seeding , I had a fairly average run and ended up 7th for the seeding runs with a lot of time to make up.
After a quick bite to eat in the Glencoe cafe I was ready for the finals, as it was a UCI event the juniors and elites were going off together on their overall ranking.I headed up for my run and was looking to improve on my seeding. I ended up knocking 3 seconds off my qualifying time and came down into the lead a few seconds up on second place, this was only good enough for 6th on the day.I was now sitting in 4th in the overall.
Thanks to my sponsors for the continued support: Nukeproof, Schwalbe, Nema, Contour, Eight.ie & Phunkt photography.
Pics – Jacob Gibbins Photography