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Our main man on a Yeti reports in on the Cardiff based Urban Dual:

Well what an awesome race we had in Cardiff City Centre on Sunday night. It was the first ever Urban Dual race and it took place in an NCP Car Park in the centre of Cardiff. Urban street races have always been tough to organise as they always need road closures, permits and more health and safety forms than you can imagine. This however was different. The race was contained in a multi storey car park. It was simply awesome. Why no one has thought of this before is beyond me. Multi Storey car parks are in every city around the world. They have steps, floodlights and the best bit; they are always dry no matter what the weather does outside!!

The track started on the 7th floor and finished on the 2nd. It took just over 40 seconds to race down and over 100 riders entered. The twist was, due to timings, and the car park needing to be opened again, only 16 riders would qualify. The pressure was on. Dave was first up. He had a perfect run apart from a slip into one of the turns. He crossed the line in 14th, but unfortunately a few riders beat his time and he ended up in 19th - not qualifying, but only by fractions. I was the last rider down in qualifying. I had a mint run and tore the track apart. As I exited the last turn, the crowds were shouting and I sprinted knowing it was a good time. Crossing the finish line and I placed 2nd - just 0.014 behind the fastest time. From 1st place to 19th there was just 0.9 seconds separating everyone!!!!

So into the finals. Now came the twist. The 16 qualified riders would now race head to head. I was really looking forward to this. We would race each round twice and the run times would be added together to show who won over both legs - just like dual slalom.

In the first round I won both races against Seb Frost, to move forward to the quarter finals. In the quarters I was up against Lewis Lacey. In the first race Lewis got the better of me to the first turn. I stalked him down the track until the penultimate turn where I dived inside. We bumped and both slipped. Lewis got going first and took the win, but it was close. So it was all on the second race. I had to win it. I had the inside gate so was feeling confident. I made the snap and led down the first straight, but in the first turn, disaster struck. I slid out really bad and hit the kerbs on the outside. Lewis rode around the inside and was gone! I got going again and chased him down, but could not get past him. That was my night done and was enough to give me 5th place for the night. Not what I had hoped for, but we had a brilliant night and can't wait for the next Car Park race. By the sounds of it, this could become a race series next year, so watch this space. London, Paris, Tokyo all have multi storey car parks.........

Photo credit - Charles Robertson

Next up for me is the Dirt Bike Show this weekend in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. No doubt see some of you there.

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