On The Pegs May 2018 - Volume 3 - Issue 5 - Page 95

On The Pegs Vol . 3 Issue 5 - May 2018 P 95

On The Pegs Vol . 3 Issue 5 - May 2018 P 95

How was your weekend ?
I felt a little bit shaky on the first loop on Saturday . I was still able to clean the first eight sections but I had a couple close calls . Actually in one spot of rock , when I was setting up a rock broke off of an edge , it dropped me down to the skid plate , but it felt like I was fiving it for sure , just because when your rear tire drops when it ’ s not expected like that , it tends to throw you backwards . So I was happy to save that . Then I had a couple other close ones I really had to hang onto and force a bit . But overall , I started off pretty decent . Then as the day went on , I was able to warm up and get in a groove a little bit and start putting together some cleaner rides and ride a little bit smoother . Section nine was definitely the trickiest . I was happy to improve each lap on that . I was just happy to get through it , so to get a one the last loop I was pretty happy with that . Stuff like that is good to put in there . That really challenges all of us . It took a lot of thought . I looked at a lot of lines and had some help from Ryan to try to figure out the best way to attack .
You ’ re taking off at a very big angle on a dusty , steep rock in nine . It ’ s a very skinny takeoff and you ’ re at a big angle to the actual rock face that had three two-foot steps each that were very tight together , so you couldn ’ t do them individually . You had to hit it all at once and really hang onto it . It was really a fight for traction and trying to get speed off of a slippery , steep takeoff and then hitting it at a big angle . It was just really tricky , but I love stuff like that .
The sections were pretty varied . Some of them had some nice , solid slabs that were kind of sandstone type rocks that if you skid plate them or you ’ re on the edge of them they can break away and fall apart . You really got to pay attention to that . I had some issues with that in practice . Then between the rocks , some sections were pretty much just sand and somewhat not solid , but you know what you ’ re going to get . Then other spots had a lot of crumbly gravel and really coarse dirt , so it was really pretty loose and slippery between the rocks . The rocks have grip , but they don ’ t have a ton , so you really had to be paying attention , slipping the clutch and working for traction even though it ’ s dry . It ’ s kind of a dry slick too .
Marc Freixa elected not to ride this year . Did that take any pressure off ?
I felt like I had more pressure this year than last year . I know those guys are getting better and it feels like they ’ re all coming for me . Really depending on the sections , we ’ re not that far apart , so I know I have to be pretty perfect still to make sure I can stay ahead of those guys . It ’ s only a matter of time before they click together the entire day and are right there with me . They already are , it ’ s just that they ’ ve had a few mistakes and I ’ ve been able to minimize those enough . But they all stepped it up for sure . I feel like I now have more pressure . Now it ’ s more expected . I don ’ t expect it from myself , but everyone else is like , it ’ s going to be so easy for you . That ’ s not the case . It ’ s always me against the terrain anyway , but you just feel that for whatever reason the pressure is different depending on who you ’ re riding with . n
On The Pegs How was your weekend? I felt a little bit shaky on the first loop on Saturday. I was still able to clean the first eight sections but I had a couple close calls. Actually in one spot of rock, when I was setting up a rock broke off of an edge, it dropped me down to the skid plate, but it felt like I was fiving it for sure, just because when your rear tire drops when it’s not expected like that, it tends to throw you backwards. So I was happy to save that. Then I had a couple other close ones I really had to hang onto and force a bit. But overall, I started off pretty decent. Then as the day went on, I was able to warm up and get in a groove a little bit and start put- ting together some cleaner rides and ride a little bit smoother. Section nine was definitely the trickiest. I was happy to improve each lap on that. I was just happy to get through it, so to get a one the last loop I was pretty happy with that. Stuff like that is good to put in there. That really challenges all of us. It took a lot of thought. I looked at a lot of lines and had some help from Ryan to try to figure out the best way to attack. You’re taking off at a very big angle on a dusty, steep rock in nine. It’s a very skinny takeoff and you’re at a big angle to the actual rock face that had three two-foot steps each that were very tight together, so you couldn’t do them individually. You had to hit it all at once and really hang onto it. It was re- ally a fight for traction and trying to get speed off of a slippery, steep takeoff and then hitting it at a big angle. It was just really tricky, but I love stuff like that. The sections were pretty varied. Some of them had some nice, solid slabs that Vol. 3 Issue 5 - May 2018 P 95 were kind of sandstone type rocks that if you skid plate them or you’re on the edge of them they can break away and fall apart. You really got to pay atten- tion to that. I had some issues with that in practice. Then between the rocks, some sections were pretty ]X\[[Y]]Y ][Bۛ][x&\H[] [\YHوܝ[XHܘ][[X[H\H\ ]\X[B]HH[\\H]Y[BˈH]Hܚ\ ]^B۸&]]HHۋ[HX[HY˜H^Z[][[ۋ\[H][ܚ[܈X[ۈ][Y]8&\K]8&\[وHHX˂X\Z^H[XYYH\žYX\Y]ZH[H\\Hٙ’H[ZHHY[ܙH\\H\YX\[\YX\HۛH^\\B][]\[]Y[ZH^x&\B[Z[܈YKX[H\[[ۂHX[ۜx&\H]\\\ ’HۛH]HH]H\X[XZH\HH[^HZXYوB^\ˈ]8&\ۛHHX]\و[YHYܙB^HX]\H[\H^H[\HY\H]YK^H[XYB\K]8&\\]^x&]HYH]Z\BZ\[x&]HY[XHZ[[Z^BH[Y ]^H[\Y]\܈\KHY[ZHH]H[ܙB\\K]8&\[ܙH^XY B۸&]^X]H^\[]]\KBۙH[H\ZK]8&\[HX\B܈[K]8&\H\K]8&\[^\›YHYZ[H\Z[[]^K][B\Y[]܈]]\X\ۈB\\H\Y\[\[[ۈž[x&\HY[]