Saturday, June 28, 2008
The man himself, Mr Bruce Dickey, passing on his knowledge and experience as we tackle some technical tracks..
Friday, June 27, 2008
So, with the way I feel at the moment there will be no riding for me this weekend. But hopefully I will be well enough to help the Fatties out tomorrow in their introduction to MTB racing day at the Scout Hall.
Next week we're off to Warrnambol for a family holiday. It would be great to get some great riding in, but I will have to wait and see.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Then there are the Ozriders foam grips. I have now spent more than 24 hours riding on these and I must say I am impressed. The Black are super comfortable for the long days in the saddle. The whites are a bit firmer but the hexagonal design gives excellent feel and rider control with good comfort. I have used many grips in the past, trying to eliminate sore hands from holding on for such long periods. I have found these to be the most comfortable to date and will continue using them.
What about the Enduro Ceramic Bottom Brackets you might ask. Well, they have been ridden a whole heap in the wet and the dust and they still go round as smooth as they did the day they were put in, so nothing else to add really.
Unfortunately for them I won't be joining their team, but with other mutual sponsors (ie. Ay Up) we will do some travelling and racing together on some of the best MTB race courses in the world. It is going to be a very interesting second half of the year indeed and I am excited to be travelling and racing alongside my good mates.
Last night I joined the boys for the Tour de Burbs. Not a very big group go out on a Tuesday night, but we made plans to ride two laps of the hill circuit in an attempt to boost Rohin Adam's fitness for the world Marathon Champs in three weeks time. I needed to ride conservatively, but enjoyed the challenge and clocked up 100km by the time I got home.
Melbourne's city scape sure is beautiful.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Yesterday we decided to have a family ride with a few of our closes friends. 10,000 plus riders turned up. Melbourne sure is keen on riding. I don't think I fitted in because I didn't have a hybrid or a fluro yellow jacket. I have never seen so much mayhem in one ride before.
Jayden and myself covered about 15kms of the new eastlink freeway, while Robyn (on her new bike) rode 60km in her comeback ride with her sister Bev.
This is Robyn's new bike. I decided I would upgrade her old KHS soft tale in an attempt to get her keen to hit the trails (or at least bike paths). It's a nice and light 16" 2005 Kona Kula Primo with some of my old race bike bits (XTR Dual controllers and disc brakes). She found it a joy to ride and it sure does look the part.
Friday, June 13, 2008
BTW 24 hours after having the laser surgery on my eyes all is good - no discomfort and vision is great. I could see the bottom line on the chart and everything. Pretty happy camper indeed.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Oh yeah, I have a plan, a crazy plan. It is in early stages at the moment and not sure if we can pull it off, but I will keep you informed.
Monday, June 9, 2008
We were both dressed ready to combat the coldest of conditions, but the day had other ideas. The sun was never too far away behind a thin layer of fog. We both felt a bit over dressed but I suppose it is better than having it the other way around and freezing for hours on end.
There is this little known climb to get yourself up to Kinglake. It was great. A very narrow road with plenty to see in the bushes and a nice gradient. My bike gave me another installment of "you should have stayed in bed" with a second flat tyre about half way up.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
I am hearing all the stories of friends heading overseas to race at the highest level in their chosen discipline of MTB and I can't help but feel jealous. Rhino, Rohin and Fenner heading to Italy for the World Marathon Champs, Clackers, Troy, Fenner, Tim Ferres, Willo, Toohey all heading the Canada for the 24hr World Champs. And of cause AJ heading OS for his usual onslaught.
This month is very quiet on the race scene for me and I think I need to start looking interstate or towards NZ to find an event to suit my desire to race. Now that Jackson is a couple of months old and we are getting into a bit of a routine, I am going to attempt to fit four rides in a week. The extra two will start off as short tempo rides but will hopefully give me enough fitness to focus on some tougher racing.
Last night I was out on the usually Fatties ride. Randall was there showing off the best Yeti have to offer.
And AJ, what can you say about this man. Riding solo in the CTS 6hr on the weekend he finished almost a lap up on second and 5th in the pro pairs. Machine.
These guy are all motivating me to set some goals. I might have to put a world record attempt on the schedule.. .but more on that later.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
I won't steel Ash's thunder and reveal all the details, but we did cover over 150km (mostly trails), we rode many of the trails known in the eastern parts of Melbourne and we did get home after dark.
It was a great ride. Enjoyed by all who braved the chilly start.
Ash was very happy when the sun finally broke through the fog.
We just missed the finish to the CTS race held at Lysterfield. We needed to get moving as we had our own Sun to chase.
You can view a log of the ride over here and keep an eye here as Ash fills in the details over the next few days.