It was the first race of the season for Chris and a different club: the Raw Enduro at Driffield course military training ground. Chris has been struggling with blisters and arm pump so far this year, but that didn’t stop him from having a good race.
Chris is in the Clubman class for Raw, and was the second off the starting line when the flag dropped. He got a great start taking the hole shot and immediately started to pull away.
This was a big track with a variety of ground conditions which Chris loved. It was hard to keep track of Chris’ position during the race due to the size of the track and the amount of riders – close to 200! Watching Chris during the race, he was battling well with a couple of riders for a few laps. But he was struggling with his arm pump and said it came and went during the 2 hours. Nevertheless he kept his speed consistent, and was making places. Before long he was leaving the the riders he battled with behind.
After the 2 hours Chris finished 5th in class out of 37 Clubman riders. Chris was disappointed with his result, but he rode well and we’re pleased with his 5th place.
It was a long drive to Ripon for the second round of the Raw Enduro race series, to a military training ground for the weekend’s racing.
Chris got a great start to the race – second off the line. We were worried as his arms caused him issues in the last race and still were, even after treatment. But Chris used his head, and decided to ride smooth rather than push and hurt himself. Unfortunately this allowed some riders to pass him, but we couldn’t fault his thinking. For the first hour he was putting in some good laps and soon settled into a good pace. At an hour in he was pulled in for fuel and after a quick stop he was on his way again.
Chris was in a different league during the second half. His arms had stopped causing him pain and he was on a charge. As a result he was pushing for places and making up the time he had lost in the first half, taking 5-6 minutes out of the other riders. He was flying! By the time the flag dropped at the 2 hour mark he had pulled himself up to 4th place. It wasn’t the podium finish that Chris wanted, but he’s getting there.
Roll on round 3, and hopefully the podium!