In 2014 the UKGE crew had been busy, as there were lots more off-piste and natural stages, it was exciting for me as I love that kind of riding. The weekend weather was pretty nice for Wales, the loop was approx. 38 km, so there was lots of pedaling and sweating going down, the transitions ranging from 35 to 50 minutes of uphill fire roads to keep the heart rate working hard.

There was five super fun stages, with tight, twisty , muddy and even flat out rocky sections to keep you on your toes, and then the final stage was all grass with drops, jumps and fun gaps. I packed the camper and drove down Thursday night, arriving just after 10pm, the pits were already pretty busy, and the amount of riders now taking the Friday off work to get a full day of practice in is crazy. It’s great to see how much the Enduro series has developed over the past 3 years.

Team mate Cal and Mechanic Damon arrived Friday morning to set up the pits, they were both excited to go practice so we got sorted and all headed off to do the full lap and took the GoPro so we could check out the stages and sneaky lines that appear on the evening.

After nearly 5 hours of being out there riding and having so much fun , we arrived back at the pits pretty tired, I grabbed a Torq Mint choc chip recovery drink and went and had 10 minutes in the river to cool the legs off.

I was happy with my bike set up, Hans Dampf tyres , and the SCOTT LT was running sweet. Damo gave it a clean and check ready for practice again in the morning.


After riding the stages Friday, I decided to go and do stages 2, 4 and 5 again. Those stages were the most likely to change with all the riders practicing and quite a few lines and roots appeared.

I was happy with practice so I went straight up to seeding at 3.30pm; Elite ladies are first off, it’s pretty good as we get a nice clear run with no problems catching any other riders.

Seeding went really well, I had a smooth run which put me 4.5 seconds into the lead from Sarah Newman and another 10 seconds ahead of 3rd spot. A good start for racing on Sunday morning.

Overnight the nasty rain came down, I woke up thinking the nice dryish stages are going to be slick now, and they were. My start time for stage 1 was 0940hrs, no time for the sun to come and dry it off, it was like riding on ice for the first 30seconds of stage 1, I managed to stay on but I’m not sure how, I knew it would be the same for the other girls too though.

I rode really consistent all day, I was happy to keep my flow on the stages and not make any silly mistakes. Throughout the day we had sun, showers and some more showers, so stage 5 on the grass was going to be nasty. Just before our runs the heavens opened, I thought to myself, take no risks on this one, after having a good day up until then, I got down riding a little bit slow but it all paid off and I was to take the win with a 45 second margin. Sarah Newman rode consistent to take 2nd spot and Carrie Poole was close in 3rd.

I’ve had a great series this year so far, no mechanicals thanks to the Bike and my mechanic Damo keeping it running smooth, so I’ve managed to win all four rounds. It would be even better to finish the season with another win at Grizedale in 3 weeks’ time but I will have to ride out of my skin as good friend and legend Tracy Moseley will be showing her face at the final.

Big thanks to UKGE crew for sorting some impressive tracks this year. These tracks are definitely getting rougher and tougher, and I can’t wait till the next round in a few weeks. Big up to my team, Cal for a great ride in 10th and Lee in 6th.

See you all in the Lakes!

Hels

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Thanks to Doc Ward for the Photo’s docopod@me.com