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Tea 'Til Nearly Dark Round 3
Written by Manny Bernardez   

Wednesday 10th June 2009

With the Streatham SEEC round cancelled on Sunday meant that for the last round of the Team REME Tea Til Nearly Dark Wednesday evening series, I would be fresh as a daisy unlike the two previous rounds. I was really up for it specially that there been some rain because the last time we rode there it become a huge dust ball.

Pre-walked the first part of the track with the North Camp lot, once we had figured out in what direction you had to go off after the start straight. I think I did mentioned to Rob Mussell to be careful on some of the fire roads as they are deceivingly slippery, should have taken my own advice in foresight. Rob did have a very cool phone video of Chris Elderfield pancaking one of the jumps on the course at round 2; he must have been hitting it flat out to get that height.

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Carshalton MCC Tilgate Forest
Written by Manny Bernardez   

SEEC Round 5 7th June 2009

Play TilgateDriving down towards Tilgate Forest there was no mistaking on what the terrain was going be like, my windscreen wipers struggling to cope with the shear amount of rain that was hitting the glass. Not that I mind riding Tilgate when it gets slippery and technical, I won the event couple of years back in exactly the same conditions on a YZ 125, in theory the Yamaha WRF 250 should be a better bike?

Walking round the short Special test most of the going consisted of grippy loamy soil not the slippery clay that covers most of Tilgate. Thanks to the mountain bikers a couple of areas were out of bounds included a large chunk of Tilgate's infamous hills, pity because that’s what made it that little bit special. No doubt the Carshalton club would make our lives more than interesting with the bits they could use, even the sun came out for them.

Tea 'Til Nearly Dark Round 2
Written by Manny Bernardez   

I was running late leaving work, been trying all morning to drink enough water to keep hydrated but it felt like I was on a losing battle, working in someone’s loft changing a tank in this heat you could count as inhumane torture, sweating more than I could drink…now there’s a lovely image.

Skipping my breakfast so I could finish early, first thing I did when I got home was wash the bike which was still dirty from Sunday’s gruelling P.M.C.R.C, 5 hour H & H. A quick change of rear wheel and a casual once over it was straight in the van, down the motorway for the 35 minute drive to Bagshot.

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Canada Heights Ipone Oil XC
Written by Manny Bernardez   
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My third event in seven days and boy did my body know it. With just a few hours sleep under my belt it was time to load up the van pickup Jack and head of to Swanley in Kent, you could tell already that it’s was going to be a very hot day with a forecast 26 C high. I’m pretty sure that Sidcup must sacrifice a virgin or two because I have never done one of their events in the rain, this goes dating back to 1995. As I was doing the morning Over 40, 2 hour race, I wanted to arrive early to get the formalities over so I could select a decent place on the start line.

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Tea 'Til Nearly Dark Round 1
Written by Manny Bernardez   

There’s nothing like taking the afternoon off from work to go racing. Team REME were organising a 3 event 2 hour Hare and Hound afternoon series called Tea ‘Til Nearly Dark, all were using Bagshot Test Track as the venue with proceeds going towards their ISDE fund.

After a very hard ride at Tilgate (waiting for results for report) and only 3 days to recover to say I was still “feeling it” is just a bit of an understatement, my calf’s and triceps still felt pumped and generally I was just worn down. A quick trip to the chemist to get some painkillers and a few hours later I felt at least I could sit on the bike without too much discomfort, did I mention my bum ached also?

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