Friday, February 29, 2008
I'll be picking Alex Kiendl up this afternoon as we head to the airport for our fun in the sun, no sorry make that mud at the Ay Up Dust To Dawn at Karalbyn Resort. Race start is 7 o'clock Saturday night finishing 7 Sunday morning. I am really looking forward to this event and will try to keep you up to date as the weekend progresses.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
My race was going well, riding with the leading bunch feeling comfortable until about the 25-30min mark when I started to find the relentless climbing too much for my legs. I started suffering cramps from the 2 hour mark onwards, this made me made the decision to cruse the fire road climbs and have fun in the single track, hoping this would not smash my legs too much as I need them for the Dusk to Dawn 12 hour in Queensland next weekend. The riding in this area is extraordinary. I was having a ball throwing the bike around on the soggy trails. Lucky for me I ditched the fast racing tyres for some mud one an hour before the race started.
By the time I had reach the oval for the first time at the 65km mark I was pretty shagged but still having fun in the condition well suited to a true mountain biker. With the help of a couple of Rohin Adams buddies (thanks heaps Jo and Andréa), I was refueled and heading back out for some more fun. By the final 13km stage I stopped trying to chase anyone and was happy to hold my position, however I did catch up to Tinker on the last slop fest of climb, he had suffered a slashed tyre and looked as though the race had taken it out of him. All in all I was happy with my finishing place of 26th and with a bit of luck will have the soreness out of my legs by the Dusk to Dawn this Saturday night.
This is a bad pic of the start, the riders took about 5minutes to pass this point only 500m from the start line.
Worthy of a mention is Adrian Jacksons 5th place and Rohin Adams (pictured) 11th place.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
This one is a no handed manual with a bar spin and a pose. I think he need to move to courier company with more work, he obviously spends too much time playing about in the forecourt ant 447 Collins.
The big news of the night was Randall letting the cat out of the bag. Looks like his resent form is no accident. He has been spending more time in the saddle than I thought possible. And it looks like he will be contesting the Australian 24 hour Championships at Easter.
Good luck Ben, hope it goes well for you.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
So, that’s about it for race prep rides and the next two weeks will be the test to see if I have done enough riding to race at a competitive level. I can't wait.
Monday, February 11, 2008
The trails were great, even with the East Link messing about in the area. Credit to the resident dog walkers for their efforts in keeping single track in the area. The major change is a huge new walking track making the area accessible for everyone. Not so good for us but hey there is still parkland and we can still get in there and find/make our own trail network. I managed to link the Mullin Mullin with Weterfolds, on trails I haven’t ridden in many years. It was a great loop because it is close to home, there are plenty of good trails and there is the potential for more.
I was having so much fun I was almost lat to Jayden’s school to pick him up, I didn’t have time to grab the Delica, just threw Jay on the handlebars and off we went to Kinder.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
By the way. Blogger is falling apart, can't spellcheck or add images. Boo.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
We were on our bikes leaving Big Pats Picnic area by 9 and didn't return until after 3:30. It was funny to hear mobiles ringing as soon as we got back into range, " were are you, you should have been home hours ago". Lucky for me my parents are use to me dissiparing without a trace and not returning till we after the time I said I would.
There was a fair bit of this happening. Lots on overgrown trails and slippy logs etc to contend with. At one stage we couldn't even find the trail, but turning back was not an option. We pushed on and found the single track we were looking for.
Lunch break at the Ada Tree. Good time to remove the 10 or so leaches from our socks. I have never seen so many of the blood sucks attact like this, it was trully amazing.
Once back at the car it was time for me to leave the group and ride the 30mins back to pick up the kids. This area is fantastic to visit, so much to offer. A bit more trail mantainance to reduce the lashings we got from furns etc would make this ride exteamly pleasant.
Side note; The Four Supreme got need grips for this ride, now it's green with gold grips....Nice.