Archive for August, 2009

Just Reid at Canada World Cups

Friday, August 21st, 2009

John Lawlors edit after Just Reid Race Team return from rounds 6 and 7 of the UCI World Cup series

2009 Crankworx Garbanzo Downhill

Monday, August 10th, 2009

We got into Whistler village on sunday night after a hectic rush from Bromont. Then spent the next few days riding, partying and keeping up to date with Bens “face Book arranged meets” before the first race came about. The weather had been dry as a bone for the past few weeks here in Whistler but there was all of a sudden rumors of the rain coming just in time for the elite mens start. The rain pretty much held off for the whole day with only a few damp patches on the track which didnt cause too may hairy moments.

Baltic pushed a run out with the big number 50 plate strapped to his bars, and came across the line with a time of 14:34:73 placing him in 17th place overall. The fastest time of the day was recorded by Kiwi Justin Leov at 13:44:55.

The next race for Ben is the canadian open next sunday so there is plenty of time to practice if the weather holds up.

WC RD7 Bromont, Canada

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Bromont is a small area about an hour outside Montreal, so it was a relatively short drive from MT ST Anne. We hit the road with fellow Gamut rider and Whistler local, Katie Holden (www.katieholden.com) and headed for Quebec city to grab a bite to eat. We ended up rolling into Bromont at around 6pm and started to get the bikes ready for the week ahead.

We did some riding on the water park side of Bromont on tuesday to get used to the dirt and then set up and walked the technical track on wednesday. The track was similar to last year with a few improvements in the slow sections by adding some hard pack to increase the rolling speed.

Practise started on thursday and the weather was a mixed bag throughout the week. Practise went well with Ben having a bit of a moment late on in the afternoon. He was testing out s new line in a steep rocky stairway section and slipped just before taking off on a rock. His front wheel jammed into a rock and he got ejected in spectacular fashion in to a front flip whilst the bike catapulted over his head and down the track. The front wheel was written off after that but luckily Ben got off pretty much scott free!

Qualifying came on friday and after the bike was repaired he set off and had a pretty poor run. He got pushed out wide on a tricky corner at the start and lost all of his speed just before an important section. He continued to the bottom and qualified in 57th spot, and miles away from where he knew he could have placed.

After walking the track one final time, it was time to race. The weather had been off and on all week but for saturdays race it look as though it was going to stay dry after all. Ben set off on his run and had a good top section. After being up at the first split, he struggled to keep speed in the lower flatter sections where the larger riders would do well, but he trucked on anyway and finished up 35th at the end of the day.

After the DH had all finished, most people headed back up the hill to watch some 4X action a few hours later. Baltic and myself stumbled across a couple of struggling photographers in hte form of Victor Lucas and Fraser Britton. Before we could say snap, we were both loaded up with their spare cameras and sub contracted into shooting some 4X for them from various spots. There was definately a bit of friendly rivalry between the big man and myself as Baltic thought he was some sort of photography wizard! perhaps we will see in next months dirt mag who took the better shots!

(Just Reid Photography services will be available at a race near you soon!)