Thefford Winter Series 2012/13

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Re: Thefford Winter Series 2012/13

Postby stylish » Tue Nov 13, 2012 20:06 pm

only if it rains :D

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Re: Thefford Winter Series 2012/13

Postby hopper1 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 21:07 pm

evo3ben wrote:Some nice pics there! none of me though :(

So, how much sand did everyone get off there bike after cleaning it? I had a pile big enough for a small sand castle lol. Had to take off the crank to clean bb30 bearings (next round will be the last time i use crap BB30), wheels bearings needed cleaning, jockey wheels etc. Basically needed a full strip down and re-build :shock: Still not got it fully back together yet!
Clothes and shoes were covered in sand also, made a right mess! If i didnt know better, i would have guessed we raced on a beach lol. Hopefully the weather wont be that bad again otherwise it will be an expensive series :shock:


Close... It was a desert! The trees were planted to ease erosion :wink:
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Re: Thefford Winter Series 2012/13

Postby evo3ben » Tue Nov 27, 2012 13:37 pm

Not long now and the weather is still raining lol. It is meant to ease up with a few days of dry weather but i really dont think it will make a difference to the course conditions. A bit of snow is forecast for sunday which would be cool but we will see but i do think its going to be cold. Regardless of weather, im looking forward to it 8) Need to get into that top 30 to get gridded and dont have to wait on the line for 30 minutes freezing my nuts off lol
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Re: Thefford Winter Series 2012/13

Postby stylish » Tue Nov 27, 2012 18:11 pm

If the rain eases off and the wind stays it can only help dry it up, as we're starting from high lodge, I would think a lot of the lap will be from d2d....
Just need to shift the injuries from Sundays off and all will be good.

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Re: Thefford Winter Series 2012/13

Postby C0LL0 » Wed Nov 28, 2012 14:47 pm

Woops, what happened Darren?

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Re: Thefford Winter Series 2012/13

Postby stylish » Wed Nov 28, 2012 16:21 pm

Collo, i had a go at flying, shortly after leaving the bike i discovered,

A) i cant
B) i dont bounce

Just a local race, down a steep bank with a paralell root about halfway down, front tyre deflated on the root, the bars snatched out of my grip and over i went! I had done 3 practice runs at the bloody bank, and had no issues, but lap 1 of the race and i crashed......

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Re: Thefford Winter Series 2012/13

Postby C0LL0 » Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:15 pm

Oh dear, hope you feel better for race day..... the eye didn't pop out then :-)

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Re: Thefford Winter Series 2012/13

Postby stylish » Fri Nov 30, 2012 17:42 pm

Well i can happily report that the lap for sunday has lots of places to overtake, and considering how much rain weve had its in very good shape, a nice frost on saturday night will do it the world of good too.

it has the usual mix of flowing singletrack and pain in the ars* draggy upwards bits, Thetford is too flat to call them climbs!

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Re: Thefford Winter Series 2012/13

Postby evo3ben » Fri Nov 30, 2012 18:16 pm

Thats good to here! When you say in good shape, is that semi slick good shape or mud tyre good shape after 600 bikes have been over it 3-4 times?
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Re: Thefford Winter Series 2012/13

Postby stylish » Fri Nov 30, 2012 18:36 pm

The frost had made it very hard on the surface, some bits are a touch sticky but nothing too bad, if it does rain a bit tomorrow it wont hurt it too much, it will go like it did at d2d, the first lap was slippery then after that the drip came up. There are some nasty roots hidden in puddles though.......

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Re: Thefford Winter Series 2012/13

Postby Jimboliana » Fri Nov 30, 2012 20:55 pm

Thanks for the heads up stylish I am hoping to keep on the ralphs, might go out and do a warm-up lap early

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Re: Thefford Winter Series 2012/13

Postby stylish » Fri Nov 30, 2012 21:37 pm

I was on Conti X Kings, but its what i always run! i just drop the pressures when its wet.....Ralphs will be fine if we get no more rain.

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Re: Thefford Winter Series 2012/13

Postby evo3ben » Fri Nov 30, 2012 22:28 pm

Is Jim knows, i am a mere with tyres :lol: I should really just run one set and be done with it. I get very tactical sometimes and think of things that may help me get a faster time. I used 2.1 Ralphs for R1 but my grip was not good slipping on the back and sliding out in some placing on the front. 2.25 Ron up front this time but not sure on back. Was going to use a Dirty Dan 2.0 (cant believe how light they are!) if it was going to be muddy but if its going to be frozen over and not too much mud i may way stick with the Ralph on the back. Will see how the weather goes tomorrow before making my choice as at the moment its saying sleet in Thetford for saturday morning :roll:
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Re: Thefford Winter Series 2012/13

Postby WindyG » Sat Dec 01, 2012 15:12 pm

Had a look at some of the course today, you guys have got a nice lap, frost made the ground just firm and not too slippy, a few muddy sections but not real deep with puddles like on the trails.
Great fast sweeping section off to the side of the beast.

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Re: Thefford Winter Series 2012/13

Postby stylish » Sat Dec 01, 2012 16:50 pm

Windy G, the bit from the top of Double Shocker down to the Moto x trail is a cracker, spent alot of that in the air yesterday........
hopefully a good frost tonight will firm the ground up even more, which could even make some of it icy on the corners...

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Re: Thefford Winter Series 2012/13

Postby WindyG » Sat Dec 01, 2012 17:17 pm

stylish wrote:Windy G, the bit from the top of Double Shocker down to the Moto x trail is a cracker, spent alot of that in the air yesterday........
hopefully a good frost tonight will firm the ground up even more, which could even make some of it icy on the corners...


Forecast for tommorow is sunny and slightly warmer than today. I thought the course looked firm enough anyway, even Steve didn't fall off there.

Good luck for tomorrow and try and stay upright in this race :D

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Re: Thefford Winter Series 2012/13

Postby paulmgreen » Sun Dec 02, 2012 20:45 pm

Unbelievable number of punctures today ! I had two. Some people had three!

I saw we'll over 30!!!!

Fire road of doom!

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Re: Thefford Winter Series 2012/13

Postby stylish » Sun Dec 02, 2012 22:05 pm

There were indeed lots of punctures, i got one on lap 4 while on for a top 20 in the veterans, had to stop 3 times to pump it up as it wouldnt seal properly, but still finished 22nd, so happy with that.
The sad thing about the punctures, was the high number of dumped tubes around the lap, just thrown on the side, its that sort of thing that will get races stopped there by the Forestry Comission.

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Re: Thefford Winter Series 2012/13

Postby evo3ben » Sun Dec 02, 2012 22:10 pm

Great race today! Not for all though. That fire road was full of flint which puctured so many peoples tyres. I was fortunate not too puncture or to skid off on that really slippery corner where so many did. I saw two people in front of me on seperate laps come off.
Weather was good and the frost made a nice quick course and considering the amount of rain we have had, it held out really well 8)
I managed a respectable 37th in the senior 18-39hrs cat which i am really chuffed with :D
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Re: Thefford Winter Series 2012/13

Postby C0LL0 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 17:31 pm

You looked determined when you shot past me Ben, good result, I didn't puncture but I did get bitten by the corner of ice, Loved the Flint pit run down through to the moto x trail, really got some speed up; that really did flow for me. didn't even get anything too cold, my new NW celsius boots are the dogs danglers.....


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