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More champers, Vickers?

| Blog, Mountain Biking Uk | 22/03/2011 10:57am

Our pick on the Steve Peat Syndicate takes the win at the opening round of the Halo BDS!

Ok, so excuse the diet tabloid title but it’s fair to say that the boy done good! Michael battled his way through a stacked field to claim his spot on Peaty’s Santa Cruz-equipped satellite team back in MBUK 259. At the opening national of the season at Nant Gwrtheyrn last weekend he backed up our faith with a resounding first in Seniors…

Here it is then, in his own words…

“Only a couple of days after picking up my new Santa Cruz V-10 Carbon, I was heading west towards the first round of the Halo BDS. I was greeted with fantastic weather and was feeling pretty positive.

I walked the track and picked up my new race kit up from the SPS pits – I was eager to get on the bike and impress. I did a quick warm up run on the course to get a feel for the bike before making some minor suspension adjustment and seat post shortening to get it set-up as I needed. As soon as I was on the bike for my second practice run I knew I was onto a winner. The bike just felt so precise and tracked the ground excellently with a great balance.

After a solid days practice (and a couple of crashes) I knew I had it in me to finish well come race day, all I needed to do was link all the sections together as I had practiced them.

After Saturday practice it was off to get some much needed rest. Following a good night’s sleep I made the journey to Nant G again only this time to be welcomed by horrible weather conditions which left me questioning whether the track would ride the same as the previous day. I got two practice runs in which weren’t the best of runs, but good enough to let me know that it was riding pretty similarly.

I got myself fuelled up for my seeding run. After watching a few riders come down I headed up to the top only to be told that seeding had been cancelled due to a rider getting injured. However my trip down the fire road wasn’t as smooth as expected, crashing pathetically mid-way down the road, much to the amusement of the riders following behind me…

Anyway after  a 6 hour wait, I was trying to stay positive and stay in the right frame of mind for my race run. Come the time of reckoning I made my way to the uplift, along the way receiving some wise words from the ‘Boss’.Once in the start hut I was in a focused frame of mind thanks to the confidence I had instilled in me from the bike, Peaty, teammates and a bit of self-belief. All I needed to do was stay on the bike and ride it like I stole it!

I set off out of the start gate and hammered through the first section as I had done in practice, I felt like I was going well and knew that I had to keep the bike moving out of the turns to maintain momentum.  As I reached the bottom section I gave it everything through the long pedally section that lead to the finish area. Once I crossed the finish line I thought that my run had gone pretty well, although I was shocked when the PA system said that I was 4.4 seconds up from second! It didn’t quite sink in straight away that my first race win had come at a British National Round. After Seniors had finished the Experts and Elite came down, Nathan Vials took the win in Experts whilst Peaty and Josh got third and fourth respectively in the Elite.

Hopefully this race will be a good omen for the coming year and with the help and support of the team, sponsors, Steve and everyone affiliated with the team it will be a good year  for everyone involved with the Steve Peat Syndicate.”

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