Aimee Dix takes 5th place in Elite Women at Afan.
March 27 2013
The first national race of the year is always a good test of how the winter prep has gone. The UK Gravity Enduro series round 1 at Afan may have been the only race running that weeked, but conditions were far from ideal. Cold doesn't even come close according to some reports. Mojo Suspension's Aimee Dix was joined team mates Joe Taylor and Anthony O'Boyle aboard their Striker Orange Mojo Fives. Aimee would take 5th in Elite Women once the mud had settled. Here's her version of events:
After frantically building my new Orange Five Friday, I jumped in the Mojo van and headed off to the first UK Gravity Enduro of the year, at Afan’s Bryn Betws Bike Park. The pits would be based here, with the final stage finishing on the four cross track. The majority of the stages were based around the trail center singletrack, stage four being the odd one out, freshly cut in trail which got very chewed up over the weekend.
Aimee's rather tricked-out Five in team-only Striker Orange, ready to do battle.
With enduro racing you get a full two days riding, Saturday being a practice day with a qualifying run and Sunday a full day of racing. I spent most of Saturday getting to grips with my new steed and wasn’t really happy with the qualifying run I did, so I went home in the evening a little deflated, but Sunday was a new day, and after defrosting my free hub and putting as many layers on as possible I started my long day of racing!
Stage one was ‘Windy point’, part of the Whites Levels trail, which I felt quite confident on and managed to catch Ang Coates right at the finish line. Stage Two was the ‘Graveyard’ section on The Wall which is notoriously pedally, but after the confidence of catching Ang on the first stage I set off and pedalled hard were I could I got anything solid stage. Again stage three I had a good time and managed to get joint second with Helen Gaskell, which I was pleased with as she’s a really powerful rider! The final two stages I didn’t make any mistakes and even managed to have a quick coffee (thanks to Trail42’s pack flask) and hot cross bun.
So after a very cold first UK gravity Enduro of the year I ended up 5th, let down by my qualifying run on Saturday. Thanks to Mojo and Orange Mountain Bikes, my Five has given me a fresh bout of confidence for the coming season and I’m ready to get on that Enduro podium