Could that have been the closest series results ever!
It was an exciting race at the final round of the Scottish Enduro Series. I was going into it in 2nd place. Ben Cathro, of Sick Skills, was leading and a little further down the table due to having only raced three of the events was Liam Moynihan. I knew he was in the best position for winning the series with 4 rounds out of 6 to count.
It was hard to know how to approach the weekend. Enduro is about consistency during the day and it's all too easy to crash, lose valuable time or damage your bike. I decided to try and keep things smooth but put efforts in where I knew I was strong. I think however, especially after looking back at training data, I was pretty tired from the season. My efforts weren't as strong as I'd hoped and I ended up just off the podium for the day.
This did mean I had beaten both Liam and Ben on the day. How did they approach it though? It's always a thought a rider has but at the end of the day you have to ride your race, have fun and the times will hopefully take care of themselves.
Catching up with Michael Bonney of Orange Bikes was great. He helped me out a few years ago when I was riding for Orange. He's got himself a new buggy and it was fantastic to see him up the hill watching. I'm sure we'll see him at events in 2016.
With the racing over things were tense waiting for the Podiums. I was sure I needed a top three to win the series so 4th was a frustrating place to be only seconds off of 3rd. Some initial errors with the results made it even more nail biting before te series results were confirmed. Liam took the series win; joint points with Ben but finishing higher in the final round. I was 10 points behind, the difference between 3rd and 4th! Thinking back I lost the event at Glenlivet by 2 seconds....how different the series could have turned out, if I had actually taken that turn on stage 4. Hindsight is a valuable thing and I'll take a lot of learning points into 2016.
Congratulations to both of the guys I shared the podium with this year. Such close racing gives the event a real buzz. The series has gone from strength to strength and it' amazing to support the races. I'm already excited about next year!
Cheers to everyone who's helped me out this year. It's been a lot of work but it's incredible to race in so many stunning and unique places. Bring on 2016.