It seems that most people do all their online stuff via social media these days, and I am no different !
I have spent so much time on my personal facebook page, Twitter and Instagram that the r2w site has taken a bit of a back seat lately.
But hopefully, as the weather improves, we should be able to get back out riding again and also be able to get the camera out without it being in danger of getting waterlogged 🙂
Graham, Francisco and I have been visiting our local practice area near Chelwood, just below Bristol, a fair bit over the winter. Not only is it more like traditional woodland trials venues but for me it is at least an 80 mile less round trip than heading up to Gloucester. Also my job has meant i have been doing 200 miles a day regularly and really can’t be arsed to drive too far at the weekends at present!
It has been well over 6 months since i rode in an actual trial, I much prefer mucking about with mates having a laugh and trying some harder stuff when i get the confidence. I just can’t stand queues at sections and to be honest I have lost my confidence a bit when being observed … but i will be riding in the Jersey two day event in March so hopefully i can overcome that in time.
My TRS has had a few additions, along with the Reiger shock and 2018 graphics. Jitsie red water pipes, S3 carb screws, SXS splash guard around the front pipe, TRS UK carbon front pipe guard, CSP lever adjusters, Jitsie airfilter, Domino grips and a nice cnc’d number board. Almost none of it actually needed but i have to find something to do in the garage now i don’t have to do all the work riding twinshocks used to require 😉
Also I have the TRS riding gear and the new Jitsie Domino kit … well, everyone needs more than one outfit 🙂
The main thing of note that has happened to me is that I was given the opportunity to attend the Sheffield Indoor Trial, and spend the evening on the arena floor taking photos … a huge thanks to John Hulme at Trial Magazine for this.
No matter how many videos you see of the top guys riding you don’t get the full feeling of what they can do, when you are literally within a metre of them when they ride the hardest sections in the indoor world it really strikes home. Not sure if i wanted to go home and try their techniques on my own bike or just sell it and pack it in all together!!! Amazing stuff.
Here are a few photos i took … i tried a new small mirrorless Sony camera for the first time, i knew it was going to be dark and difficult to get action shots but it was a great chance to just try a few settings on the new camera…