Coffs Harbour is synonymous with fun and the Intense Australia brotherly duo of Thomas and Andy Crimmins know how to have a good time. Thomas recently returned from the World Cup circus would be looking to show up not only his little brother but the rest of the primarily NSWelshman junior squad. Andy on the other hand would be looking to repeat the successes of round one and perhaps move just that one step higher. Both were looking fast in practice, so fast in fact that it was becoming increasingly difficult to tell which rider was approaching until I had taken the picture and then checked on the screen. Anyway, I will let them fill you in on the rest :
“It had been a couple of years since I had last raced at Coffs Harbour. Last time I was there I really liked the track and this year with a couple of changes it was even better than I had remembered. Well worth the 11 hour trip up from sunny old Bredbo, for sure and I always enjoy the NSW State races. Practice went well, I had the track quite dialled in with no crashes , so I was feeling pretty good and definitely in contention. I was looking forward to race day even with the rain that was forecast. On Sunday morning I had a bit of a mechanical which meant a part had to be swapped from Andrew’s bike to mine and back again in between runs (thanks Dad) which became a bit of a rush come race runs. I was fast and on it in my qualifying run but hit the bottom turns too hot and lost my front wheel over the top of one and came undone . Coming across the line in 6th, not too far back and room to improve. Finals came and it started to rain for the top Elite riders, I didn’t think it would worry me but my run wasn’t the cleanest and I finished in 8th. Keen for the rest of the NSW series!”
“Last year at Coffs I wasn’t too happy with my result so I was definitely looking to be climbing that ladder. This being my first year moving up into U19′s I was very happy with my 2nd place. I was riding well in practice and felt good on the bike, after slowing down the rebound a bit to accommodate for the high speed sections and big hits. After being one of the lucky ones to qualify in a high second place on a dry track I was super stoked to not drop backwards racing on a wet track in finals. My results have kept me in a good position in my first season racing in U19′s but I would definitely like to improve later in the season and get my times up there with the big guys. “
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