There were 2 reasons to go south at this exact time: for me, the Glasgow School of Yarn this coming weekend, and for Nick, the Weston Beach Race.
Beach races are motocross bikes and quads racing on sand. They are endurance races, usually 3 hours for adults and about an hour for the youngsters. The one in Weston has been going for many years, and is a big event, with races for all sorts of different age groups and size of bike.
We went to the main day, the Sunday. It was Nick’s birthday, so his present was tickets in the VIP enclosure. That meant we had food, coffee etc all day, and we also had a seat in the dry looking out over the course.
It rained most of the day!
But that did bring added thrills and spills…
The first race that day was juniors on quad bikes, racing for 75 minutes. I love watching the quads – they aren’t as easy to control as 2 wheeled bikes, and more intelligence is needed to ride them well. Some of the kids were tiny – they looked to be standing, but when you looked again you could see that their legs were so short, they were sitting!
There were quite a few girls, too. This one was doing very well in the order until she crashed near the end.
Her brother came second overall:
The second race was also 75 minutes. This was juniors on bikes up to 85cc. Again there was a wide range of ages, from about 9 to 16, and sizes – and also abilities. For some, the height of the man-made ‘dunes’ was obviously new, and they weren’t sure how much throttle to give it going up. This meant that the marshals ended up working hard helping them to make it to the top. It also meant that there were plenty of spills on the way down. A few small injuries, but not many. Usually it was only pride that was hurt, and the riders were back on their bikes and riding on in a couple of minutes.
The main race of the whole meeting was in the afternoon. This was the adult 3 hour race – and there were about 600 starters. The first part of the course was a long straight between the dune area and the sea. This meant that they were doing very fast speeds here, before the technical part of the course.
Fortunately the many ambulances and paramedics around had little to do but watch the race.
We got very, very wet, but had a great day! Not the best pix in the world – you should see Nick’s – but they do give an idea of the wet and the sand!