Round 5 BC MTB National Championships - Hadley Farm, Essex
The London 2012 Olympic Mountain Bike Course was the venue for the final round of the British Cycling XC MTB Championships.
I travelled to the venue on Saturday to pre-ride the course and put the Vitus Rapide 29er through its paces over the various technical obstacles on the Olympic circuit. It became apparent this was going to be the most technical course of the series and resulted in a number of riders using the services of the on site medical team!
Going into Sunday’s race I was placed in the top 5 of the Sport Category. The top 3 positions were all to play for with very few points separating the riders. If ever there was a time for the Vitus to perform, this was it!
I was gridded on the front row allowing me a clear run up the grassy start, into the start finish area and up the steep fire road. The course was a great test for both rider skills and equipment, with a choice on the technical obstacles of an ‘A’ line (faster but more risky and technical) or a ‘B’ line (Slower, longer and slightly less technical). The Vitus’ 29er wheels flowed smoothly over the rock boulder fields and rocky descents and even excelled over the north shore ‘gap jump’!
The Vitus Rapide 29er performed really well, allowing me to take the faster ‘A’ line options to finish in 4th, a minute clear of 5th place. This result together with my previous 3rd, 4th and 5th positions, meant I finished 2nd in the overall National Championship Series.
PMR@Toachim House and Vitus Bikes were well represented, with 4 people riding Vitus Rapide 29ers in 3 of the categories.
George Finch raced in the Juvenile Male category. George started at the rear of the field but managed to work his way through to finish in 7th place. An excellent result as George was riding the Vitus Rapide 29er for the first time!
Jack Finch was racing in the super competitive Expert Male category, putting in a sterling effort to finish 15th.
Neil Lomax was racing in his first ever National event in the Sport Male category. Neil also started at the rear of the field but managed to pick off numerous riders to finish in 17th place.
A huge thank you to PMR@Toachim House, Chain Reaction Cycles and Vitus bikes for all the support this year.