The Beach Race !
So we have always wanted to do a Beach Race, ever since watching them during our visits to the Isle of Man and Manx Grand Prix when racing there. We were always in awe of watching David Knight blow through the sand like it and the rest of the field did not exist.
We attended the Rockabill Off Road Clubs Balbriggan Beach Race on Sunday past and boy oh boy it lived up to all expectations, in every way!
Race Prep: We did it all and bike was mint. To top it off and give ourselves the best shot at this possible one off event for us, we purchased a set of Dunlop MX12 Sand tyres.. Soo excited even looking at them on the bike. We also made sure we had the Air Filter covered by the Apico Second Skin Air Filter cover and had spares to hand along with our hand held tool kit and Polisport Foldable Bike Stand. We had to make it as easy as we could, as the Car Park was not within the holding area as we are used to and the bikes had to stay on the beach.
The weather was perfect and the club ran a blinder. We had a DNF in the first race, after leading by a country mile when the race was red flagged and the bike wouldn't start again. Lesson 1, block any access for water going into the airbox, as beaches also have water as well as sand DOH!!
Not sure of our position in race 2, but again after a comfortable lead, Wayne had an off and the Dunlop MX12 took a shine to his back and BUM !! and hey there mine !!
Race 3 was a cracker with a battle between Wayne and Mooney, with Wayne finishing 2nd and the day with a huge smile.
Straight home and power hose the bike was best thing to do and job is a good'n. You can ride the sand if you prep and then clean afterwards. THOROUGHLY....
We will be back to sand without a doubt.
Wow! What a great weekend we had in the Wicklow Mountains.... With the intention of attending the Rathdrum Clubs Grasstrack event on July 14th, we headed off to Wicklow on Friday and took in some sites and recreation time on the way..
Rockwood Caravan Park did not disappoint for a lovely night with the kids, in a a beautiful setting. Perfect to get geared up for a busy days racing Sunday.
We headed to Rathdrum Saturday, to attend the International Cartoon Festival on our way to the Grasstrack to camp overnight. The festival was a surprise for us, as we didn't know what to expect, but had the kids caricature's done for free!! A great addition to our new Race Camper wall.
When we got to the Track site the weather was just great to get parked up and set up ready for Sundays racing. Difficult enough in a field with no flat sections LOL.. Kids had a ball playing and meeting other kids and we had time to get the bike ready and shop set up.
Sundays racing was great criac. Good track up and down hill and through a couple of fields. The club ran a great event and kept it moving all day. Hot and fast!!!
Our wee man Gary Costello had his first off and a couple of great podium finishes, with our own Boss Wayne getting his second place too.
All in all a great weekend with a great race, that will certainly see us attending the other Rathdrum events.
We attended the Derryarkin Clubs Southern Masters Round on 7th July as a new event for us and a chance for the boss to try his hand at some Motocross, instead of the usual Grasstrack.
The ground was stony and not as hard as it looked initially.
Each session gave Wayne more confidence and knocked his lap times down, over and over again.
We actually learnt a lot about our suspension here, which helped with ability and future set ups too.
The club ran a great event and Wayne even enjoyed mucking in Saturday night with the digger levelling the track ready for the adults on Sunday.