As well as covering PDMCC and Darley Moor I was also venturing further afield and having a blast doing it;
Summed up in one word Oulton Park 2019 was WET, other than one day it rained at every single meeting including the BSB test day but it did give me the chance to shoot in some very trying conditions.
My first genuine solo trip of the year saw me leave home at 05.45 on Saturday ready for Thundersport GB and despite industrial action on train services everything was going well until around 10.45 when I was stood on the inside of Redgate without any kind of waterproof clothing!
You can probably guess what happened next but if you weren’t ‘lucky’ enough to be there it rained solidly for over 24hrs and the radiators in my hotel room were working overtime to get everything dry for Sunday and in time to get soaking wet all over again!
Flooded train tracks, delays, cancelled trains and a lack of taxi options all played their part in a difficult journey home but you know I’ll be doing it again next year (Hotel is already booked!!).
It seemed that all I had to do to ensure the sun came out was to leave England and that’s exactly what happened as I ventured into Wales and onto the beautiful island of Anglesey, although it wasn’t all plain sailing for my longest solo adventure of the year. Another awful train journey meant standing from Chester to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch but that was quickly forgotten after a couple of pints across the road. What wont be quickly forgotten is the £70 per day in taxi fares to and from the circuit and being there Saturday – Monday!
On track the racing was as close as always and off track the sun shone and I set about learning the circuit better than I managed on my only other previous visit when, yes, it rained. There is no better feeling than having the sun on your back, the camera in your hand and some of the quickest club riders in the country doing their things a few metres away and Sunday was an absolute cracker of a day and as I sat in my hotel that night life was good.
Sadly with plans to cover the Manx GP in full next year I wont be able to attend the Thundersport meeting next year but I will be trying to organise a trip or two back to Trac Mon for the Wirral 100 rounds held there.
And that was the year that was and the often ridiculous adventures of the UK and Worlds only blind bikesport photographer, it was a huge amount of fun and I met some amazing people on my travels while the riders and teams from all the clubs/championships that I covered have been incredibly helpful and supportive.
I’ll, sort of, see you all in 2020.
Best wishes Chris.