Here’s Ben Clayton’s latest race report from Round 5 of the PMBA Series.
Last weekend it was time for the 5th round of the PMBA Enduro Series held at Kirroughtree trail centre in Galloway, Scotland. This is rapidly becoming a popular event and I was really looking forward to racing here as the previous year was brilliant.
We headed up there on the Saturday morning hoping to get some decent practice in but it lashed it down for most of the journey and I was glad I’d put a new grippier back tyre on and had a full wet tyre at the ready if needed. But as we got closer the clouds parted and we were met with some sunshine at last. After wolfing down a bite to eat we got our gear sorted and headed out for a practice loop. The condition of the trails, considering the weather we had driven through were surprisingly dry so I was glad I had no need for the wet weather tyre. The different stages were really fast and loads of fun with a few slippy rocks and roots to catch me out. After we got back to the van, we all agreed that the guys at the PMBA had come up with the goods again. A couple of pints of Guinness and some good food at the local pub and we were ready to hit the hay.
Sunday and race day! The weather was on our side again and we headed out for morning practice. A bit of dew on the ground and a couple of hundred riders through the stages had changed the trails, unearthing the dreaded sniper root, ready to take down anyone not paying full attention. This was unfortunately me on the final stage! No harm was done and it made me change my game plan for the race run, from go as fast as you can everywhere to back off a little and don’t crash! I headed out for my race loop with a plan, stuck to it and although I felt I could have gone much faster in places my loop was without a major incident. I ended up in 7th place, earning me some decent points and keeping me in 6th overall for the series.
There’s a two month break before the next PMBA Enduro! The next event is the ‘Ard Rock Enduro in which is very different to what I have raced so far this year with lots of fast, rocky moorland. Something I don’t ride a lot, but the race last year was a lot of fun so I’m really looking forward to the test once again!