Thursday, May 29, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Thanks to the rider who removed the branch responsible for these scratches. You can count my first 5 laps on my arm - it would have been heaps worse if the branch was left there for the whole 17 laps. Ouch.
I will hopefully have some more pics to add later in the week.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Another new product to test. Thought I would give the Ozrider Grips ago. So many riders have been raving about these, I needed to find out for myself. The white ones look the goods and are slightly firmer than the black, so I thought I would run a pair of each and see which ones fair the best.
Keep an eye on this brand ... there are going to be some great products released in the near future.
Another product on test this weekend is the new AyUp head torch adaptors. My pit crew will be using them. The 3hr battery is mounted on the rear on the elastic strap. Very good design, am keen to see what they think of them.
Monday, May 19, 2008
When employing a new rider, I always look for someone who loves to be on the bike. Working 8-9 hours a day riding through the city and inner suburbs is a tough gig, but is very rewarding both in a physical and financial sense.
If you or someone you know is after a new job/career, please leave a comment and I will reply.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
I decided if I was going to be out at this hour I may as well head up the hill before rolling down to Black Rock for the Hell ride at 7am. Holy crap was I kidding myself. The ride up the hill was pleasant, but the descent sent my body into shutdown mode. After crawling down (trying to avoid the wind chill as much as possible) I couldn't get the heart rate up, therefore blood flow was not warming me up at all and I had had enough. I decided to roll home and call it quits.
Fortunately there was one other crazy cyclist on the roads this morning. John Claxton had scheduled the same ride and he was able to keep me company and therefore motivated to continue on and get my ride done.
Making it down to Black Rock right on time, we were greeted by no-one. So we decided to ride back home via the city which would give us a solid five hours and home to our surprised wives by nine.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I quickly got myself into a sustainable pace and settle down for a nice day riding the single track of Lysterfield. All was going well (as well as can be considering) and it wasn't until about the fourth hour my legs started to feel the climbing and constant flogging they were copping. The biggest thing I really noticed about riding SS was the way you need to stay on top of you gear whilst climbing, if that cadence dropped, the hurt really kicked in. I wasn't making it any easier by running a tallish gear either. The other stand out for me was the crossmax 29er wheels, these things roll so fast, I found myself descending past riders with gears as they pedalled and I hadn't been able to get a stroke in.
I haven't seen my result yet, but I'm pretty sure I was a lap down on the top three in male solo. If this is the case I am very happy with that. It was a great days trailing and seeing how the tough guys do it. The injury list stands at, 1/ no skin on right forearm and shoulder 2/ sore right knee due to corked quad (ITB) 3/ pretty sure I have a broken scaphoid. Still, it was good fun.
The upper body copped a bit of a hiding with all the rack, roots and logs. Thanks Stephen for the pic.
PS Happy Mothers Day, Robyn!
Saturday, May 10, 2008
I made another upgrade decision yesterday. The old school 4 pot Shimano XT brakes are on. I have had these puppies since about 2002 and they have spent most of their life on my courier rigs. I wouldn't even want to a figure on the amount of kilometres they have done, but I doubt there would be much change from 40.000. They would have to go down in history as the best bicycle disc brake ever made. bar none. They were Shimano's first go at it and they rock, great modulation, extremely good maintenance free running (I have flushed fluid two or three times, but only because I thought it was a good idea, not because they needed it) that's it, oh and the odd set of pads (say 20 set or so).
Oh, and it looks like I will have to ride to Lysterfield in the morning. Robyn's car is getting a new gear box and I don't want to leave her without transport. Doubt my legs will have the return trip left in them after the race so I might need to bum a ride, any takers?
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Tires fitted, and five minutes of hard pumping, I decided a trip to the Servo to use their compressor was in order. Sounds simple, right. Wrong.
I strapped the wheels on the Ute and off I went. First station, out of order. Second station, one of those fancy pumps that don't give a constant flow, no go. Third station, out of order. I gave up after that. I left home at 9:30pm in jeans and a t-shirt, buy 10 I was getting a bit cold. This mission will have to wait until tomorrow.
I did finish the other job I set out to do on the Unit. I wanted to fit carbon bars and my Eurgon grips for a bit of added comfort from the rigid front end.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Even though I could sustain my normal power output for the entire race, I was able to sustain a very good heart rate. For me this is a great sign that with a few more races (and a bit more training) I will be back to full form. I spent most of the racing riding with the eventual third place getter Scott Chancellor (Orbea). We chatted and enjoyed the riding together until I needed to slow down. I held on to finish in fifth place less than 1 minute of fourth (Paul Randell) and 3 minutes off Scott.
The bike (Hei Hei) didn't miss a beat all day (although the new XTR cranks don't look so new now thanks to the rocks). I parked my pre made bidons etc in the Total Rush tent, and the boys helped with my transitioning for the day, thanks guys. Thanks also to all the supporters on the course, even though I wasn't in the running all day, I got heaps of encouragement which helps a lot in when the body is hurting.
A huge THANKS also to Robyn for supporting from home with the three kids. She does a great job supporting me even when she isn't at the race venue.
These two immages came from Stephen Rowe, check out his site for some great action shots from heaps of MTB events.
Thanks Shelly for this image. (She was waiting for her man Tim, not too far behind me)
Saturday, May 3, 2008
The size of this track freaks Jayden out a bit and rightfully so I reckon. But after a while he got going and had loads of fun.
This is Jayden's school buddy Casey. He has a lot of potential and was rapt when he finally made the gap.
The late afternoon was spent getting my bike ready for tomorrows Crazy 6hr event at the You Yangs. The Hei Hei is the bike of choice for this short one. I had the luxury of dressing it with new Shimano bits (cranks, chain, cassette and dual controllers) and a new set of Mavic SLR's so that wipes out the bike as an excuse for the race. I am really looking forward to racing again, my last one was the Dusk to Dawn 12hr in early March and there are a few cobwebs to clear out. If all goes well, I am planning a Single Speed assault at the CTS event next weekend at Lysterfield. I want to see how tough those SS guys really are, so I'll ride it fully rigid. Guessing it won't be easy.