This weekend’s racing was round two of the Polygon Grassroots Enduro Series. It is a series run by local clubs and having the craic is a priority. The one day blind race format is unique in that riders do not get to practice in advance, but can attempt the three stages as many times as they like before the cut-off time (usually a maximum of two attempts per stage). The technical standard of the trails and venues is on a par with national Enduro competitions so it is a great pre season warm up! It was the driest Irish race of the year so far!
You can also run the stages in which ever order you like. So judging by track freshness and conditions I decided to do Stage 3 first as I thought it would cut up as the day went on. I didn’t have to best start to the day as I had a bit of undergrowth lodge itself in my jockey wheel which jammed up solid so when I tried to put the power down to pedal hard it sent the chain into the spokes behind the cassette. It wasn’t a quick fix causing me to stop and remove it taking a few minutes. After losing so much time I decided to just cruise down the rest of the stage to check it out for my next run. Back up for a re-run straight away and I was happy out.
Next was Stage 2, the shortest of the three stages but not without a few kicker climbs. I was happy with how the stage was going until near the end when I heard a really loud hissing from the rear tyre. . Dammit a puncture, a small slit on the sidewall so time to pop a tube in! Back up again to repeat this stage again. It wasn’t the best start to day but luckily things got better from here.
Last stage, Stage 1. This was a longer, more pedally stage. I was happy with how this stage went for me but I decided to repeat it anyway because I had lots of time before the stages closed and hoped I could go faster on the second run.
So all in all, even after a few mishaps early on, I was still able to keep it together in my second runs to take the win! Thanks to everyone for their encouragement all day keeping the spirits high. You can’t beat local races for the craic! Cheers Kona Bikes for the awesome Process 153DL!