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Mont Sainte Anne Helmet Cam

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

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WC-RD 6 Mont Sainte Anne, Canada

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

WC-RD 6 Mont Sainte Anne, Canada

After a long flight from Dublin, we pitched up in Montreal and immediately got lost trying to find our way to Quebec.

5 hours and a full tank later, we arrived at the accommodation 1st, ahead of some other Gamut riders who were going to be staying with us for the 2 weeks racing.

Practise started on wednesday and the track had a few changes from last year in the form of a flat pedally section near the bottom of the track. Baltic set to work getting to know the track and before long it was time for qualifying. This years schedule has allocated less practise time which means qualifying is usually a bit unpredictable.

Ben came across the line in 18th position after a steady run with few mistakes. He was confident he could scrub another 4-5 seconds off his time for finals, so after a few doughnuts in the rental/rally car, we headed back home to get everything ready for tommorrows final.

Saturday morning came around and we got set up in the new Gamut pit tent. After a couple of warm up practise runs to check the condition of the track after some rain fall, Ben headed up to the start line with a clean bike and some fresh tear offs.

His run was good, and fast to begin with, he entered the rock garden and must have clipped a rock, bending the cage on his rear derailleur. He popped out and continued on without noticing until the pedally section came up. His cranks were jammed up for a moment, then he was able to put in a few pedal strokes here and there. He pushed on to the bottom keeping speed wherever he could and crossed the line with a 4:55, placing him in 27th place at the end of the day.

He knew he was riding well and with a clean run could have been up with the big dogs so is looking forward to Bromont and hopefully a clean fast run to see what he can really do results wise.

We’re off to the go kart track now to lay the law down and make Juan from Gamut eat his words about the fastest lap times.

Ben Reid regains Irish Championship title

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Sunday 19th july saw the Irish National Championships come to the wicklow mountains just south of Dublin and a massive turn out made for an awesome weekend. After being unable to attend the Championships last year, Ben was feeling bad about not holding the title and adding to his unbeaten record. This year he was on a mission!

The track was fast and fairly straight forward so it and after practising along side fellow irish legend, Glyn OBrien, Baltic was on for a good result and was planning on putting a few seconds into the competition.

There was a 2 run layout with the fastest time of the two, counting towards the final results. After 1st runs, Ben was sitting in 1st place with a 4 second lead ahead of last years winner Colin Ross. Ben – 2:09:614, Colin – 2:13:641

He knew he had a few more seconds in the tank and when second runs came round he knew what had to happen. Around the halfway point he pushed the front wheel out on a flat turn and laid the bike down on the dirt. After bouncing straight up again he pinned it for the rest of the run and came across with a slower time of 2:12:290

The rest of the pack were unable to better either of his times so he took the win and missed most of the awards ceremony as the anti-doping  truck was further away than he thought.

Were flat out today now getting packed up and ready to hit the road tonight in order to catch out flight to Canada for next weeks world cup round in Mt St Anne.