Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Carving it up. The track became nice and gripy after the first few laps, the Jimmy's were hooking up nicely.
I did get a little muddy.
But team boss "The Hoff" managed to dodge all the mud. The Look hard tail didn't make it onto the track, but keep an eye out for this beast.
The clean up. Robyn was able to save all my mud drenched clothes. It only took three washes.
Monday, July 28, 2008
What a great result. Well done to all athletes and their support crews.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
As for my race, all went well. I had a nice start, deciding to hold back a bit and try riding consistent laps. I was looking after my own pits today and had no idea where I was placed. The mud was bike destroying from the start. I opted not to put fresh cables on the Hei Hei even though it was desperate for them. This made gear changes very hard. By the two hour mark I could only use half of my range of gears. I had the Four Supreme ready to go but it looked so nice and clean sitting in my pits ... I decided not to make my clean-up job harder and left it alone. Other than the gears everything else on the bike was great, particularly the Ozirider grips (white - well not any more). My hands aren't the least bit sore.
I ended up riding 9 consistent laps with 8 mins up on second place Scott Chancellor (Orbea), so very happy with that. Check Full Gas Promotions website for full race details (soon). I'll post more photos when I find them.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
To keep up to date on the event, there is a live updated blog of the race over here.
As for myself, I will be back at Lysterfield for the Anaconda 7hr race. It should be a good slog in the water drenched trails. Should be even more fun with only a couple of hours sleep after watching Cadel pull on the yellow jersey after tonights time trial.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Anyway, the weekend was good. I made the effort to get out on the Hell Ride first thing Saturday. The only problem was I needed to be at Lysterfield for 9am to instruct at MTBskills women's clinic. So I needed to turn of at Frankston and hammer Frankston-Dandy Rd if I was going to have any chance of making it. I must say. what a crap boring road to ride on. Strong head wind, 100km/h speed limit and dead flat.
The clinic was good. It was great to see almost 20 women of varied skills turn up. I know Robyn and Babs both learnt a lot and now it is up to them to use their new found knowledge on training rides the turn them into mountain bikers.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Then everyone lined up on the velodrome for a family race.
Jayden kept Robyn on her toes ;)
and Olivia was flying. Her legs spin at about 140 RPM on her little 16" beach cruiser.
All aboard the Bellie train. That is Jason Jackson off to the side of the pic, waving his hand. It was nice to see him out and was even up to the task of taking Clackers over the hills before venturing down to Beach Rd.
Today (Sunday) I was invited to help out Jess and Norm Douglas during a skills session for want-to-be MTB racers. I have been asked to join their team of dedicated instructors and today I was just seeing how they run their Clinics. From what I saw, these guys are doing a great job of bring MTBing to the masses. I really got a sense that they love passing on their knowledge to novice riders and I could see the improvement the riders were making even in a short two hour session. I will be instructing at a Women's only clinic next weekend and if you are interested in checking out their business (MTBSkills), click here.
Speaking of this all girls clinic, Robyn is really looking forward to testing her new Kona Kula Primo next weekend as is my Aunt, Babs who is flying up from Tasmania with her new Kona Four Supreme for her introduction to MTBing.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Well done guys, look forward to catching up when you get home.
The first night we were greeted by 100 km/h + winds. I always wondered why our camper had extea peg eyelets and spare guy ropes. So with all the pegs and ropes in place, night two hit us with stronger winds but this time we stayed upright.
I got a chance to take the Pajero off road. Myself and Olivia hit some sand dunes for some afternoon fun. I think she will be my only family passenger on future off road adventures, she loves it.
The caravan park had these great kids trikes to hire. The kids had a ball.
Ash inspired me to get artistic, this is my first attempt. And yes this is one unaltered image.
I did get to go for a ride. By Friday a was feeling better so I dragged out the roadie and rolled around some quiet back road. I reached the end of the black stuff on my way out so I venture further on a dirt road, which then turned into a bumpy walking track which then turned into a extremely rocky 4wd track. It was worth the effort, I found a great little camping spot right on the edge of the world.
The bike looked a little worse for wear. but got me home.
With a week left of school holidays, I will try and get back out on the bike, but it is always hard when the kids are at home and need attention.