Monday, August 17, 2009

Final CTS...

Done. The series is over. Four races, four different courses at Lysterfield MTB Park and hundreds of happy riders. The final races ended up being a challenge just to finish. With tree destroying winds hitting Melbourne in the previous 24hrs the race start was delayed (and therefore shortened to 6 hrs) to allow race organises time to remove some of the debris off the course.

Things were looking good for a few hours, and the BAM, down came the rain. A few more changes were made to the course to make it a little more ridable. For me however, this helped little. My rear brake had become a victim to the wet sandy course (I also neglected to check pad wear in my bike prep....oops). Pulling the rear leaver to the bar did nothing. Navigating through a muddy course with only a front brake proved to be a difficult challenge, but I was determined to finish, no matter how hard it became. I needed to ditch the bike on two occasions when I had no chance if washing off enough speed to make a corner. On one of those occasions I took a nasty bash on my right knee, resulting a a messy muddy, bloody mix. Still I rolled around not totally sure where I was sitting in the field, but I wanted a good series result so I pushed on.



Ends up it was worth the pain. I finished the the day on the top of the box about one minute ahead of Scott Chancellor. And after some fortunate (or is that misfortunate) results from my competitors in the series points, I ended up taking out the series also.

Nice block of wood Ash...



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Ash Thomas said...

hey! :) I remember them!! Top work boss, would have been one hell of a day out there!