Sunday, 16 November 2014

Top Day.

What a day! Myself and Jago had our first BMX race today. As a surfer I chose to forfeit the best swell and best conditions for a long time to go and race BMX for the first time in 30+ years, and I would do this again in an absolute heart beat. So proud of Jago, he crashed in his first race trying to take the rider in front so this proved he was trying, as they say 'if you dont crash your not trying hard enough'. I was proud that he got up and still crossed the line. Disappointed, he used this frustration and in his next race he came in 5th, then a fourth and in his final in pouring rain another fifth.

I'm so proud and he's getting faster all the time, but more importantly his confidence has grown ten fold, which as a Dad is so amazing to see.

His ol' man did OK too. In the old gits division I finished with a respectable 2 x 2nds and a 1st in the heats and a 2nd in the final. Such a great day, despite the jelly legs I can't remember having that much fun for a long time. Like I say, I love my surfing, I surfed Tuesday and had some great waves on my Wild West Shooter, I got out satisfied but wanting more as is normal. Today I got on the line having last raced in 1982/3 but came home with a stoked and excited 6 year old and like two kids we can't wait to race again next weekend.

The coaching we have both received over the past few weeks has been superb and we have both learnt so much, and the friendships developing are refreshing with a focus upon fun and the best thing is no one drops in on you, no one gets in the way and no one moans about the crowds; the more the merrier! Thats not to say I don't moan about the crowds when surfing but its nice to have a break from it for a bit!

Friday, 14 November 2014

Work Sucks... Not

Love my job. Who says people don't know how to enjoy the countryside!! What better way to finish a days work than a good old tracker ride delivering the logs you've just cut. Happy days people.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Riders ready, watch the gate!!

So proud of Jago this past weekend, He had his first go on the start gate. Nervous at first as its a loud bang and then flat out down a 3.5 metre high start hill to the first set of jumps. On the Saturday he just rolled off and took it easy, getting used to it. When we returned for open practice on Sunday I could not stop him practicing his gates and he got faster and faster. Thanks Del Commons for some amazing coaching and confidence building. Cornwall BMX Racing Club is really a great place.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Life in the ol' dogs yet..

 It's a great but scary feeling getting back on a BMX bike after may years. 20 years ago, back in 1995, myself and best mate Dan Beamish started a BMX shop called R&D Products. We had 18 months of fun, selling a riding bikes, but circumstance forced us to close and move on to pastures new. However, during this time we met some amazing riders like the Stephen and Martin Murray, Chico Hooke, Dylan Clayton, Dale Holmes, Brian Foster and many more and also played a part in the birth of DMR products all those years ago.
I've always ridden bikes and myself and Dan ( a former team Suzuki pro motocross rider) grew up together riding our BMX bikes. I raced as a back in the early 80's (old school) rode again in the 90's (mid school) and now at 45 and with my new Dialled Bikes MX24 I'm embarking on a new love affair with BMX but this time I have the next best thing to an old mate, my new mate and son Jago. Tracks have changed the pump track scene is huge and there are so many opportunities to ride its great.
To be riding BMX again and sharing this passion with my son, truly is one of the best things about fatherhood.  Dan continues to ride motocross (but after a major injury just for fun) and his two sons are becoming exceptional motocross riders too. After seeing Dan at the weekend we reflected on the past but look forward to the future and shall be riding again together soon, with our sons by our side. Surfing is my passion, but BMX has been in my blood since 1981, both compliment the other in terms of fitness and strength, both require moments of power and speed and both make me smile. I have found the happy medium and while its too cold for Jago to surf right now, what better way than to thrash round a track and be a big kid again. Roll on race season!!

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Me and the Boy

Best buddies, Proud Dad, Life is good.