Lottie Mallin-Martin Takes Ladies’ Fastest Time of the Day at The Borderline Events Opener
March 02 2013
Up and coming Scottish DH rider Lottie Mallin-Martin took delivery of her 224-EVO just inside the New Year. Almost immiediately she had found the bike getting her to the bottom of the hill quicker and with a heap more confidence. Here's here view of events at the inaugural round of the 2013 Borderline Events DH series:
The 2013 Downhill season has now begun, and to kick it all off was the Borderline Events Rd 1 race at Innerleithen on the 23rd and 24th February. Being the first time I was racing my new 224-Evo, I was anxious to see the course, but thankfully the tape was kind to me – starting out with the fast Gold Upper and Middle sections, and a technical descent through the Bomb Hole to finish off was a pretty smooth course for the first Downhill race of the year.
Albeit rather chilly, the rain was kept at bay for Saturday practice, and with the much needed fitness I had gained over winter training, I spent the day smashing out runs and watching the fast boys glide over the technical root sections – yet when I tried to copy them it didn’t quite have the same effect! Nevertheless, I was without doubt feeling a great buzz of confidence as I finished up practice day, despite the few tumbles I took when I got excited and caught a tree with my 780 bars.
Eyes on the prize. Lottie threads her 224-EVO through the infamous Innerleithen plantation. Photo courtesy of Ian Linton.
Sunday race day was set to be an exciting event, as I was looking for not only a win in the U18 female category, but to achieve a fast time. A full, clean practice run in the morning filled me with a great deal of confidence, but I was careful to ensure I stayed relaxed and didn’t let any nerves get the better of me.
Making it up to the start line for my first race run with only a few minutes to spare, I started off behind one of the other girls in the U18 category. I got off to a cracking start on my run, and caught up the 30 seconds by the start of the Lower section. However trying to overtake on a tight root turn was not the easiest of manoeuvres, and so got held up by the rider in front. Yet even with that mishap I still took the fastest women’s time for the first run. The 224Evo was riding amazingly, without doubt a perfect set up with the Kashima Fox 40s and a Cane Creek DB shock. However, the weather became less favourable as the afternoon went on, and with a faster time on my second race run, I comfortably took the overall female win by 13 seconds.
Top of the podium is a good place to be. Lottie rocking the Orange HW Hoody in 1st place. Photo courtesy of Kevin Mallin.
This win from my first race of the season has definitely motivated me to achieve higher in the Scottish and British races I have entered for the rest of the year, and am thoroughly looking forward to riding my Orange 224-Evo!