Wednesday, April 09, 2008

All in a days work.

Once I had a taste for the awesome ride of the Honda CRF 450 and spending one morning watching a round of the Dubai Baja series I was keen to give racing a shot. And then thanks to Hein from South Africa I would get a chance to race in the last round of the season, riding his second bike he lent me.

Hein and I gearing up for the race, I was quite excited.

Racing is always something I wanted to get into and have always thought once I get home I will make it my next project to give it a go just for the personal challenge and the fun of it. Finally the day came around, I have never raced before in my life and had no idea what to expect, with a desert track through the dunes, a total of 85 riders, about 30 of them in my class and 2 and a half hours to get as many laps possible, should be fun or hell, I was excited.
All set for the flag to drop.
Well the race started of fast, fast for me anyway, and the track quite rough, by about lap one I could hardly hang onto the machine that bucked and kicked beneath me. Seemed I was not the only tired one out there, besides the top guys in the pro class who whizzed past me at a flying pace, there were plenty of tired bodies out there as the track became rutted and the soft sand swallowing front tires on occasion.

A wobbly start, it was a mad rush to the dunes.

The bike was absolutely amazing, its a Honda of course it is.

The highest I have been off the grond in a long time.

Well I managed to stay aboard with only a few close calls and cross the finish line but with barely an ounce of energy left, every muscle in my body exhausted, pretty chuffed with my efforts by simply surviving and finishing. There was a surprise to come, presenting the trophies saw my name called out for 3rd place in the class I had entered, ha stoked, got more than I bargained for, not only did I enjoy it but managed to pick up a place.

Couple of nice blisters for my troubles!

3rd place!

The following day saw a complete day of laying on the couch, I could hardly move, with two huge blisters on both thumbs, I even had to get Amy to open bottles of water for me, didn't enjoy it so much then hey!