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Old Skool cool

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With all these new fangled purpose built trails popping up I can't help but thinking I like the old stuff better than the new stuff.

Sure bike park style trails are fun and there's a lot to say about modern sustainable building techniques but old skool trails can be sustainable, challenging and so much more rewarding.

Take the mount York trails. Purpose built for horse and cart in the early 1800s by convict labour and still some of the best mountain bike trails in the country.

Coxes rd, Built in 1813.

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Red Ass NSW DH Champs Photo heavy

Paul from Ikou( http://www.ikou.com.au/ ) made it up on Sunday with the camera and asked me to post these up for him.

Here is a selection and the rest can be found here
http://s828.photobucket.com/user/thegocat/story/...

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4 season winter 3hr hit out

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Didn't quite get my training right for this one but did OK.

I'd been doing 1 long ride (time wise) a week with a fair bit of climbing in it. but, being time strapped was relying on Tuesday night racing to keep my speed up and struggled to get time back that up. I really needed some more aerobic stuff and some intervals work thrown in.

In the weeks leading up I'd noticed my speed had dropped off on Tuesday nights and recognising my error managed to get a couple of spinnerval sessions on the trainer, a little late but better than nothing.

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smarter race. almost

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Every week I head out to Rydal, set up the track and tell myself "I'm not going to sprint off the start this week. I haven't got that fitness."

Every week I line up at the start (no warm up), give the speech, say "Every one ready, set, Go!"

Every week we take off the red mist descends and I bust my gut to get a good spot into the single track, send my heart rate through the roof and then blow up trying to keep my spot.

every week I die in the arse in the second or third lap, get heart rate back under control then come home strongish but suffering

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Rydal ramblings

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It's a funny thing this racing caper. There's a whole bunch of stuff you have to get right for it to come together and the mind ply funny trick on you.

I went into last years 8hr at Rydal feeling reasonably fit. Lots of casual riding under my belt backed by a good lead in of regular Tuesday night races had me in good stead. Got a good start and went steadily down hill, cramping bad by the end of the day.

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Drainage

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This berm was filling up with water during rain. The sandy soil drained quickly but it still needed a bit of help

First step was to make sure the inside right was the low point and dig cross drain

Next lay in some ag pipe

Then add a grate and cover with rocks

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Ahhh DH, how I've missed you

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It's been a while between drinks. So long in fact that I had contemplated selling my DH bike. Buggar all DH riding in the last few years since having a nasty crash and pretty much zero racing on the DH bike since we lost State Mine in 2007...

As much as I enjoy my XC racing and trail riding it just doesn't compare to the feeling of sitting in the start gate knowing that to preform well you are going to have to push your limits. The shakey nerves and the the rush at the end when you've pulled it off.

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Where have all the mountain bikers gone

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So there I was mucking around on Hassans Walls, cleaning up and riding a few lines I haven't ridden for a while. Nervously I approached the rock ledge "shit can I still do this" I unweighted the front and up I rolled... Hey that was easier than I remember, now for the steps down... Weee

I was having a ball, it had been a while since I'd just had a bit of fun and challenged my myself on some technical obstacles that weren't really on a trail and I started thinking what happened to all the mountain bikers?

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Fun one

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A good strong roll up for this one. Looks like as day light increases so does rider numbers.

Just before the start I realised I had gotten oil on my pads. The rear was doing nothing, the front was best described as a speed retardation device.

For once I got in a small warm up and after the last couple of weeks of sprinting off the start and blowing up halfway around the first lap I tried to settle down on the start and build into it.

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Gritty litle track tonight

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Tuff little one tonight, and a bit longer than I had thought.

The new section "The Dump" worked well. Lincon and Steve have done a bang up job designing that bit adding that little bit of gnarliness to the over all trail.

I got excited each time we came into it. Woohoo down the high speed start, then I'd groan as the muddy bit ground things down. Then Woohoo as you drop into the next bit, Then Groan as you hit the hill.

Tonights course didn't give much chance to catch a breath but once it drys out it should be one sweet section.

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