Tuesday, 30 December 2008

new years eve eve

cold and very fast riding today, great day, still haven't been able to get a lie in, me, tom robison and tim hit up heally nab again for the last ride of the year for us, managed to get some amazing photos, below, click link below for more photos.





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Monday, 29 December 2008

not more down hill

it was a mint day today, cold but great clear weather, managed to hike up white coppice on the edge of chorley, then rode down the whole thing had to stop a few times for dog walkers, but it was about a 10min run after about a hour of walking, really was worth it, the arms felt some pain being on a hard tail, so it was just hold on and hope, trying to brake is not worth it on a frozen path as i found out, as we hit the rocky paths i was not fealling to confidient but still carried on, only found the floor about twice so not to bad. after we had some fun, we went into a small quary so i managed to get a few photos of my mate doing a few drops, then do a few shots of chorley. after that we headed over to heally nab to hit the road gap up for a bit, after a rebuild and a bit of beefing up tim was almost making it.

got a few pics, follow the link below to veiw the rest.



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Sunday, 28 December 2008

cycle/pitbike speedway

what a fun day, it was mint just watching people having fun on bikes of all sizes, i eventually found astley, only missed 2 races, just managed to see the first pit bike race, it looked so fun, took loads of pictures, all the money raised from racing was given to charity.
just a small message to simon barber who came off in his first lap of a pit bike race and has broken his knee, get well soon mate, stick to the microphone next time.
here are the photos from today follow the link below.
i will be doing some more photography on monday and tuesday, this will be downhill.
if anyone wants any prints, or the full size images please email, ojfrancis@hotmail.co.uk



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Wednesday, 24 December 2008

downhill photography

just come back from a rider with a few friends to this awesome downhill track, rode and played around for hours, with no hasel, only had one problem all day, but ow well we will get over it. got loads of photos on the new camera, they have come out amazingly good, i was really surprised with a few of them. click the link below to view the rest of the photos (the link will take you onto my photobucket account). if anyone wants any prints or any more information about prints or where to find me, please email me at ojfrancis@hotmail.co.uk, i am happy to take pictures of people riding anywhere.


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Sunday, 21 December 2008

bradford race day

Pretty mint day today in bradford. The weather was to good, head on wind down the first straight and third straight, so it meant it was pretty hard to get a good gate and first straight, it got worst as the day went on.
my gates where feeling pretty strong for me, come first moto all crusiers where in together which meant it was pretty stacked matty glyn and me doing it 16-29, russ, rory, nigel, tank and two others doing it for 30-39 and 40+. i was expecting to be snapped by rory as he can normally snap me but i had gate one with matt in gate two, managed to get a really strong start and moved across matt, to avoid the soft stuff, got into first turn first and felt the wheels going from under me due to the loose stuff on the burm and i thought i was going to was out but managed to keep it under control and came out in first, did the 2nd straight fast, come to the 2nd turn i decided to crank it round and go for the pro, coming onto the triple on the pro after spinning alot of it, my legs where on fire, nigel just managed to get out in front and get round the last turn in 1st, i had 2 people go straight under russ doing it old school with the foot out skid and rory just doing the normal thing, so managed to get 4th in that moto, i thing matt fell off somewhere aswell for some reason.

by the time the 2nd moto came round i was shattered with only a few minute break not enough to recover so i didn't do to good in this moto, ended up with 6th i think, with matt beating me.

3rd moto and i was ready for it, didn't have a inside gate i had 4 instead with rory and nigel on the inside of me so managed to get into the first turn safley in third but had russ go under me then he slid out so i went to dodge him and matt glyn went straight into my back end and took himself off for the second time, i can't remeber what happened after that in the moto.

final time, i had gate 2, not a brilliant start but can't really remeber it all i was just trying to stay on the bike in the wind, it was so hard with head on wind when on the gate and the rain just started to come down.

managed to have a play around with my new camera in the practise, i enjoyed using it, i promised oggy that i would take some pictures of him on his new ride so i took a few, i like this one the best.
big upto to andyc to taking me and ben moss, hope the arms get better soon

A3 prints

i can now offer A3 prints at a very low rate, these are printed on quality photo paper, and are not done cheaply. i can offer these for collection at 5pounds, i am not sure about how much it will cost to post but will look into it

mint birthday

had a awesome birthday yesterday, got loads of text from people and messages on facebook, thanks to all of you who giving me them. got a new camera as a present some cash and a few other presents. got a call from westwood, from bbcradio1 and got onto the radio for the birthday thing they do on a saturday night, pretty good day in the end after being up from 6am and on the motorbike for about 6hours in total.got a nikon d60 now, pretty good camera, had a play with it today and like it, only took about 10pictures on it and they are now on my face book, it feels better than the d50, bit small and lighter with a better display, standard lence is really good aswell.

Friday, 12 December 2008

long time no blog

i know it ahs been along time since put anything up on here, but i have been pretty busy laterly so not really had a chance, but doesn't stop me from checking out other blogs. i just wrote this blog and i am now thinking it looks more like one of my college reports rather than a blog, oww well, people still read it. i will start to update the blog at least once a week from now on, i will kput it on my to do list with all the other stuff i have to do at home.

been riding almost every weekend since the national, and been loving it. i have either had a race or a roadtrip on nearly every sunday, then the good old gates at preston on saturday, aswell as working thursday, friday, saturday and sunday evenings.

manchester regional
great event this, pitty the weather couldn't make its mind up, i was racing against matty glyn as boota fell asleep in his van, got 1st in the first moto, then didn't get a decent warm up for the second and third moto, so i got a 2nd and a 4th. come final time i had enough time to get a decent warm up, had some monster in the break aswell, that always helps. had something like gate 4 and matt had gate 8, we where next to each other down first straight i thought he might of tried a move in the burm but no chance, i don't know why he didn't try one. but in end managed to get 1st over the line. been playing round in practise with some different lines on the last straight in practise, they where all pretty fast, i was also messing round on the 3rd straight, i was tring to jump in and jump out of the quad but could not managed to jump out, in the end i hit it a bit fast and trippled it, i was pretty happy with that even though i didn't mean to do that.

i raced at coppull at a club race on sunday, good racing but i found it hard form some reason, i had stacked motos, cal, sutty, rory and a few more people i can't remeber in the end i didn't make the A final but got into the B and had a pretty poor gate for me, i only had 2/3 gates in practice as i woke up late, poor show really. i managed to fight through to the front with peebz behind, it felt like a mint lap until i hit the last corner, i started to spin in the first turn and just pedalled as much as i could but i lost 1st place to peebz on the last jump where i was just so knacked he just managed to get past me. overall tho pretty good day, would of been better without the mud.

the gates at preston have been pretty good with loads of new people turning up, its create to see so many kids getting into the sport with the help from the club with bikes and equipement. i could really do with snazel down at preston to push me a bit harder, flems great and everything but i have no chance of keeping up with him, but with snazel i might just have a chance.

along time ago i know but was pretty good, only the 3rd time i had ridden clipped in. every race boota just managed to take me on the first burm, after a pretty good gate and first straight, with it only being a short track anything could happen, in the final i unclipped and that was the end of it for me.

bradford, yeadon roadtrip
this roadtrip was pretty cool, the revamped yeadon track is going to awesome once the start hill is tarmaced and a few lips are added it will be ready for sessions. after we muched around for about a hour or so we went off to bradford, now this place is rad now, big jumps in the write places and small jumps in some weird places, first straight is all down hill so fast as fook, coming out of the first burm was the worlds worst small jump it was like they had just drawn round a crusier, it will cause some serious accidents if people don't jump it. coming of the 2nd turn the only line to get to is the pro which is huge, but the inside is mint, the only problem is getting to the inside line, you sort of have to cut in between the straights. last straight is good and tech, not to deep until the last two doubles which sort of drop away.

crewe evening sessions
i managed to get on these about 2 or 3 times before i went and ended up in hospital with andyc, just got out of the car and he broke is arm on the 3rd straight on his first lap, what a TOOL. he has now just got his arm out of cast but it still ain't right, be a while before he is back on the bike. it will be after christmas before another trip to crewe because of the work which is being carried, first two burms have now been tarmaced accourding to speidy reidy, first and second straight have also been resharped and second has had some major work.

so team new, not much has been happening here, got new kits which look pretty good, white with some camo added, just waiting for the helmets to come now then it will look pretty good. going to get the bike sprayed up for next year, in white, with white hubs and rims, them blue decals of a white frame hopefully, should look pretty sweet, need to get my park frame painted first so thinking of powder coating just to get it done quick and out of the way.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

preston national rocked

what a weekend, i loved it all except for not getting a trophy or a plate after going to every national. well done to all the national champs.

crusier had 15 people in it which was new, i think this year the max we have had was about 13, its great having that many people in the race but each moto was almost a full moto, with either 7 or 8 people, so i needed to get top4 to get a final, i had no chance and ended up in the b-final, a few unusual face in the b, twarn and josh fighting it out for number one, me in for 3.

junior men was a great class to watch, a big crash in the semi cost greg holloway a place in the a-final, so he was left with the b. 13-14 was very close with 3 riders all going for number one plate, in the end evening after his crash in the a-final jacob won, well done lad.

Sunday, 12 October 2008

preston day3 pics

here are the pics from today, got a few nice ones, if you would like any email me at ojfrancis@hotmail.co.uk


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Saturday, 11 October 2008

preston day1

here are the pics from friday night gates, pretty good watching.


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mess around preston wednesday

just a few pics from wednesday, these are really bad for focus but it was pretty dark.


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preston mess around Thursday

check out these pics from a mess around at preston, was a pretty good night, just showing the fun side of riding.



pictures from day2

today was pretty good, report to follow on monday


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Friday, 10 October 2008

preston national

should be a good weekend, lots of people will be on there way up north for the final round of the nationals, crusier should be fun, rumours are that ryan vinyard will be on a MTB, and kerion on a crusier, big suprise.
titles will be on the line this weekend for some people.
there will be a large raffle this weekend with loads of different prizes including a choice of koxx frames, some zoo york clothing and many other prizes.
shanaze will be in attendance, she might race depends on how she feels mixing it up with elite men, should be great watching.
alex dick and the boys are also suppose to be attending, for the king of dirt, be mint watching, would like to see it on the sunday after racing.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

marco's tattoo

this is one mint tattoo, still not finished, looks amazing and is a awesome tribute.

New record

coppull got a new record for a club race with 10 people racing crusier, but only 4 in 16+, normally it is the other way around. coppull is a awesome track on some day in good weather, and on sunday it just felt awesome, i didn't do to bad in crusier with a 1st a 3rd and 1st, which gave me 3rd pic in the final, picked my favourite gate 3, got a decent snap and got into 3rd and just stayed there with sutty taking number one and chris platt taking number 2, great day.
the trails guys had been working rather hard lately with bad weather meaning no riding, so they got building, it seems they have big plans, will update when i know but took 3 pics on the phone of the drop in, first, and second have a look and see what you think, will upload more when i visit.

Friday, 3 October 2008

preston sunday

a awesome day, unfortunatly the goldcoast boys could not make it, the a-final in payback would of been mint with them there. 143 people attentended, seemed like more in the pens, something like 23 motos and semis in payback. No wan there, were was you? twarn was racing payback, along with wans best mate kerion, he didn't look on it that day.

16-29 crusier was mixed with masters so it was me, boota, chris platt, jack raz and matt. came out to be good racing for us, i got third every race, while boota and chris platt took 1st and 2nd, boota did a dirty move on me in one of the motos brake testing on the last berm, come final time i got a good snap from gate 8 (i hate picking pegs from a bag) then moved across to get into 3rd down the 1st straight, chris platt was on the outside and boota on the inside, boota pushed chris onto the pro so i went inside, been getting it smooth all day and i had to screw it up in the final, ended up pumping through the whole thing so got into 2nd from that mistake, boota made off to take the win and it was just up to me and chris, he was next to me all the way down the 3rd straight and come to the last berm just got under me coming out of it so he got 2nd and i was left with another 3rd.

shoout out to the guys riding the brand new koxx frames, both trails riders every so skecky on the track but there where fast, ali from tarty bikes rode in 16+, i saw him in one moto bounce off nial lennon in mid air, i thought there where both going to come off, but some how they stayed on, i think ali came off in the a-final, he was in a good postion aswell, but the last berm took another victim. his mate on a koxx did well all day aswell, sorry can't remeber your name.

check out tartybikes
also check k-124 which is koxx website, koxx is connected with try all

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

pics from coppul

i know i should of put these up ages ago but i have really busy laterly.
great weekend, first day made the a final but 2nd got motoed, pretty pissed off but gave me a chance to take photos.
here they are:


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Monday, 29 September 2008

jsut a few pics of mates and joes new bike

this is one from windemere a week ago, great day, this is my brothers fiance kitty.

alex doing in a ganst pose, i like the lighting on this

joes new bike

the man himself and the bike

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

pics from coppull

theses are from a week before the national, mainly adam guest, the hawkers, heres the link


Monday, 22 September 2008

first blog

so i thought i would jump on the bandwagon with the all the other bloggers, not really been up to much laterly been working every night since coppull national, so have been pretty tired, managed to make it to gates at preston on saturday, only got a hour or so of gates, but i felt like it was going, i was beating peebz down first straight of most gates, jacob had me each time, sutty had me a few times, he is fast for a old timer. jacob is on fire at the minute, jumping all the 2nd and 3rd straight at preston.

i have been reading wans blog laterly, i say i have to agree with on the mtb issues, and i can jsut say that i will support you all the way on this issue.