Michelin Power Cup: Anglesey

Mixing it up with the 1000s, gale force winds and the cows at Anglesey

I took the 848 to Anglesey to enter a round of the Michelin Power Cup. It was windy... and as we discovered: two people can't put up a gazebo in a gale. Not unless you want to see it roll across the paddock like a huge spiked bowling ball...

We cycled a lap of the track in the evening. That hill is hard work into a head wind...

I love the sock tucked into jeans. Next time I'm making her wear a Sam Browne..

It was pretty clear from the moment I signed on, I was up against it. I reckon Stephen Harrison must eat a lot at that restaurant...

In the holding area for race one. I'd yet to lap the track, having missed out on qualifying. Note everyone on slick rubber, I chose treaded tyres. Well done Ben...

This pic crops out a few more guys up the front. I started from 13th on the grid and hadn't lapped the track at all, so I had my work cut out...

..but I made up 5 places going into the first corner and found myself in 7th going into the second corner. The small matter of a long back straight saw me drop to 10th by the end of lap one.

Considering it's a road bike with a set of cans, the 848 is bloody good on track but in this company I was well out of my depth. Thanks to BritishSportPhotography for the pic

Post race one where I got 10th place. Michelin Power Cup deserves Michelin-starred cooking. I do the bikes, Lisa does the food. It's called team work...

Down on one knee, playing an air guitar power ballad before race two..

Little bit of a chat in the holding area before race two with (I think) Mark Clifford from the 600s. Mark was lining up on the back of the grid on the 1000s race to check his 600 was all good for the following 600s race following a few technical gremlins he'd fixed. I told him not to beat me into the first corner...

The 848 likes to lean. I found myself carrying a lot of corner speed to try and make up my 40-odd horsepower deficit. I run a 2011 ZX-10R road bike and when you see those on the grid infront of you, you realise that 60bhp plus traction control plus slicks are going to be way better than the connection between my brain and right hand. Next time, I'm bringing Paul Daniels a top hat and a rabbit.

Thanks to BritishSportPhotography for the pic.

Wired after race two. It was either something Lisa slipped in my drink or the fact I grabbed a couple of 10th places and met some great people at Anglesey. I'm gonna come back and do it again but this time, on a ZX-10R and I'm gonna win...

The spectators had an enjoyable day...

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