bds rd1 nant g
with the bds selling out in a record 2 days from going live would the reality live up to the hype
the guys at bds have been burning the midnight oil over winter crossing the t's and dotting the i's securing sponsors, race teams and all the in and out's we the racers take for granted. so with my new bike, new van and a few other sundries i set of and after a route my misses would be pleased with, i arrive on site
after a very serve hill and sent to a paddock at the back of the site with a view to die for. so far so good. the busy bee that is the gun has our pit in place by the time i get their. so after a quick cuppa we head on up the hill. not as step as llangolan but very much from the same cloth step, rooty, rocky more or less a one line wonder. with a slog off pedal at the bottom. my only complaint of the venue is the access road (not that the venue can do much about that) prevent's motor homes and caravans from entry (well to be honest exit) splitting the paddock from a them and us affair. which bds did lay on a bus service sat night to help relieve that feel. but faced with a 4/500 ft decent accent i wouldn't fancy for popping out for a cuppa to see a mate at the other end.
with a few shake down events by mij/(possibly) under its belt I'm pleased to report uplift run smooth. NOTE to racers if you want your bikes loaded quickly and safely don't just watch one man load and unload help. if for no other reason you get to feel the weights of your competitors bikes it's quite eye opening.
the track by the numbers should have been my kinda track but i did feel like it was the first day of school for me. from a few i spoke to they felt the same. other just loved it some went up that hill 9 or 10 times i wasn't feeling it and only endured 7, later in the season i might feel differently.
a trade village at front of house ginger rick was doing a roaring trade putting humpty dumpty back together again, toby on the pa whipping the crowd with his tag line one liners "this tracks got more rock's than charlie sheen" was cocker, surf and turf putting on a good show of easy up's, gt had the mother of all easy ups (that wasn't all that easy by all account). muc off sorted us out with cleaning facilities, for those who could afford it some bnb's split the elite paddock. what could be describe as a club house was the main hub suppling local and mass produced beer, food a warm place to hole up when the sun (and heat) went down. and watch some DVDs.
after basking in the sun of Friday and Saturday clouds loomed after practice along with a brisk wind causing some major damage to those who still haven't learned to tie down their easy up's. Sunday morning and the carnage was for all to see. with no urge to head on up the hill i was pleasantly surprised to find the track running better or as well as yesterday. it may have been grim on the sea front it was dire on top of the hill and not a place i would of like have called home for the weekend. with seeding canceled due to downed rider with a suspected fractured hip we had time to walk the track.
i may have said it was a one line wonder for the bold and the brave a few new lines were available. with a race run i would rather forget i kinda lost interest in the results so try root and rain for the race results. hats of to Jason for putting on a stellar run pulling one from the bag when it maters. lets hope the rest of the season runs as smooth as round 1 at times a few t's may have dots but well done to the bds crew and all those involved.
till next time the Timmey