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59:04 first time effort

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With a really poor lead up after a back injury 3 months ago and being off the bike for most of that time I wasn't expecting much. Losing my bike 3 days before the ride with a leaking front brake lever also relegated me to the low speced hardtail that weighs in around 15kgs.

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Happy with that

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After missing the closing time for a ticket, Chris Roe came through with the goods - thanks Chris.

I was hoping for 45min so to get under is great. I had a clean start which is unusual for me and found myself in the front four after the first climb. The group became three at about the 5km mark, and then became 2 at 10km when i got dropped on the last climb not too far from the helipad.

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Just washed my baby... ready to race...

Just washed my baby... ready to race...

Can't wait to get on my bike tomorrow @ Rydal... been a while... I've been clocking up the K's on my road bike so... hopefully...

Go all you guys and Gals that are doing the Woodford-Glenbrook ride...

Smiling

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It's a funny old game

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It's a funny old game this mountain biking. Some days it just clicks and every thing just seems to come together. Other days you struggle.

Wasn't sure how I'd go for Sundays 5 lap race. the 3 lap Tuesday night races feel like a sprint and I'm generally spent by the end.

Still Barnsie wasn't racing and Brad had a tough road race on Saturday so I thought I had a chance.

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Close racing

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Close racing is good race, yeah?

Despite the trash talking Dukesie set a good pace of the start after getting in front of Barnsie on the gap jump. Brad Roughely was just behind while I was sat in 4th. Paul Whitefield lead the second bunch that closed the gap on us in the far single trail and he was sitting on my wheel when I ran a little wide, clipped my front wheel into a tree and stalled. He hit my rear, getting me going but unfortunately Paul fell off int he process stall those behind him too.

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De Fault!

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Racing bikes is fun.

Got off to an ok start. Was with the lead group through the first bit of ST before loosing 50-60m to them on the long fire rd out to the fare end of the course.
Tucked into the next bit in 5th. Some deep braking and hard efforts got me back onto the lead group and I could see Richard chasing hard behind too,

A missed gear change saw Brad stall and go from 3rd to 6th and let Barnsie and and the new bloke, Hutto get a bit of a break. Richard also caught us and took the opportunity to slip in front o f me.

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Dumbing down trails

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Rant coming on.

First let me start by saying it's great that people a keen to get out and do a bit of trail maintenance but dumbing down perfectly rideable, if challenging, bits of track for the sake of it seems like a big waste of time and energy considering we've still got a lot of trail to build.

We don't have the challenging rock gardens you find on XC trails in other area so Richard had worked hard to design a course that took in some roll overs and challenging corners. B lines were put in if needed and there were options to build skill.

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The Curse

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Every DHer knows about the curse. Those 3 little words you must never utter. Ever.

One. More. Run

Silly comments like
"I'll just do one more run then I have to go."
"Lets do one more run."
"Any one up for one more run?"

Are a sure fire, proven way to cause a big accident.

I've seen some pretty big wipeouts and some horrid injuries after the rider has called "One more run"

DHers know that if it's getting close to the end of the day you're far better off say "A couple more" then pull out at the bottom. or "lets do this one and see how we feel about more."

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