The Kona Wheelbase Grassroots downhill team headed to Innerleithen on the weekend of 23/24 February for the first race of the season. The winter break has been a long one and this was the firstopportunity to see if the training had paid off and to race the updated 2013 Kona Supreme Operator. Unfortunately Dan had knocked his elbow the week before and was advised not to ride for a couple of weeks. Andy was riding in his first race in the Expert category and determined to do well.

Just under 200 riders were booked in and the Innerleithen car park was full as Saturday practice got underway. Luckily it had stayed dry and the usual river flooding the car park issue was not on the cards! The track was quite icy at first forcing riders to be quite cautious. The track had been taped quite wide where possible to allow for multiple line choices.

Race day dawned slightly warmer as riders completed final practise runs. Race format was best time from two runs. Andy completed a solid first run of 3.16 a provisional third place. There was a small rain shower just prior to the second runs but Andy managed to improve to 3.15 ending up in 5th place (Experts) and 17th overall; a brilliant start to the season.

The next race is the Pearce Cycles Series round 1 at Bringewood (Ludlow) on the weekend of 23/24 March.