National Championship, Rheola, South Wales 07

The one day championship, who ever goes the fastest takes the glory and the national champs jersey for 1 year. The forecast for this weekends weather was grim, heavy rain and showers didnt dampen the spirits of the riders too much and everyone seemed to be having fun on the track. It would of been better if it was dry but it wasn’t so tough shit. The track was the usual mix of flat out top section and then into the woods lower woods and the now infamous “Star Wars” section, this is only a few roots but a tough section to ride. I think everyone crashed at least once here throughout the weekend.

Peaty dislocated his foot In the saturday afternoon’s seeding run. He came into this section flat out and took a heavy dab, dislocating his foot. With Fort William World Champs only 7 weeks away, its going to be touch and go whether or not he makes it. We all know that Steve is probably the hardest bloke in the sport and can over come most things so fingers crossed he will make Worlds. The Don surprised a few people by seeding first, after a good result in Schladming his confidence must have been boosted.

Heavy overnight rain seemed to make the mud run off the track and it was down to rock underneath. Due to the amount of water on the track the main problem was vision because of all the spray. Everyone was hanging around and only choosing to do 1 or 2 practice runs so they could see the course conditions and save energy for the race. Josh Bryceland set an early fast time and won the junior category, Josh also clocked up 2nd fastest time of the weekend. The Senior mens was always going to be closely contested, Marc Beaumont won, Neil Donghue, and then Matt Simmonds. Bull Head had a good run and finished up 5th. The cool thing about the race was that Jason did split times, this made it more exciting for the spectators at the bottom. The Don had the fastest split but lost out a little to Marc at the bottom. Marc got the win and now has the Jersey for another season.

Rumours have been confirmed Rugog this coming weekend has been cancelled, Ruog has become inaccessible along with the two back up courses Caersws and Moelfre. We are waiting to hear whether it will be re-sceduled for later in the year.

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