Well, the first national East Coast Series race Dave did was in Canberrra on an overcast drizzly day. The track has received 30mm of rain and was an utter bog. The junior riders had certainly churned the track up the day before, and even with the tractor out, the race was borderline cancelled.
Eeeek! Just look at that track
Experienced contenders, (read- with plenty of money too), had pressure cleaners, changes of clothes, and some even had two bikes. The idea being that, once covered in mud the rider simply got into clean, dry outfits, on a clean and dry bike. Pit crews in the meantime cleaned the bike just ridden ready for the next race.
We are not in that position and so Dave spent the day covered in mud and we did our best to remove any mud from the radiators and drive train.
Dave looking clean.. but not for long!
Basically ridding in these conditions is a bit of a lottery, especially with the inexperienced and there were plenty of falls/crashes to see. The good news is- its a soft landing. The bad news is- as the bikes go around they collect mud at such a rate they get heavier and heavier, so if you crash late in the race its very difficult to even pick the bike up.
Overall, we had an enjoyable day albeit a tiring one. Dave raced in Senior Lites for 3 races and came 6th overall. A great result as there were about 30 other rider in his class.
The bike? Well, you can see the result. Mud gets into everything. We have to rebuild the rear swing arm and wheel axle bearings need to be removed and re-packed. The bikes really suffer. However, that's racing.
We are looking forward to the next round!