This was our first rally!
(l-r)Neil Kiersey, Jan Rinvolucri, Neil Harrison, Mike Bennion
RUST: What’s your background lads?
Neil K: I’ve been riding on the road eight years, on the trails for two.
Jan: Trail riding about a year and half, but riding bikes all my life.
Neil H: Road biking 2002, switched to trails in 2006 having had two years off.
Mike: Bought my first trail bike 18 months ago - and that’s all I’ve done!
RUST: And how do you rate the rally experience?
Neil K: The two laps of 35 miles were easily the best 70 miles I’ve done on a bike. It’s been amazing, we’re definitely going to do it again next year, it’s been so much fun.
RUST: Memorable moments?
Neil H: I found a rock in Strata Florida, just sent the wheel skew-whiff, so I got pretty damp!
Mike: It was all about teamwork. We ride trails together so we decided we’d ride the same way in this event and it worked for us.
Neil K: We gave the special tests a push! You see that green light go on and it changes things, doesn’t it? I’ve never experienced anything like that before but I really enjoyed it, there’s a competitive edge to it!
RUST: Anything else?
Neil K: We need to say thank you to WTRA, it’s been great weekend, well organised and a whole lot of fun, we’re definitely coming back. And thanks to the other riders too, the social scene’s been surprising, everyone into the same things, it’s great.