Mike Simpson

Get a Grip Man

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It’s no secret and pretty obvious that I fare better on courses with plenty of fast power sections. I like the mud and got some good results this season in sloppy conditions but as soon as it becomes slippery and technical I am reduced to a pretty pitiful rider. The Shrewsbury and Derby trophy races were certainly courses and conditions not to my liking. I did however have an excellent battle with Chris Young during the Shrewsbury race. As the photo shows the rider on the left is a former National Senior Champion who possesses excellent bike handling skills and his low center of gravity makes him perfectly able to corner fast in the mud, the rider on the right is a lanky buffoon who likes getting muddy!

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