Saturday 19th June. 7 degrees, 22km/hr wind. Time tohead off road for today's 4 hour ride. I started off with a 'fast lap'at Majura. Now it rained pretty heavily on thursday so this was not that fast. There were still puddles from Capital Punishment there I reckon. Then I went across to the foothills of Moutn Ainslie underneath the powerlines, waking up a tribe of kangaroos, before descending some sweet, fast singletrack to Officer crescent.
From here it went urban. I did the most awesome skid past the druggo northbourne ave units onto the footpath. Bike was skidded around a right angle bend speedway style. Unfortunately, no one saw it. But it was pretty rad.
Went across to ANU. Somehoe whilst powering off across Barry drive, my rear derailleur cable pulled through, and I almsot flipped over the bars when the derailleur slammed it up 3 cogs. Just saved it, stopped and fixed the derailleur and got going again.
Chucked a hard right at Black Mountain and headed up. My initial thoughtwas to turn left after about 6 minutes of climbing the tar and hit the dirt. I climbed out of the saddle from the bottom for the first 5 minutes. I passed 2 roadies which was funny. I was feeling OK so continued out of the saddle to the top. That is the first time up Black Mountain road on the mtb, and out of the saddle the whole way. Interesting.
Headed down, and therefore took a right hand turn, to head down the firetrail down the western side of the mountain. Cork Plantation, Arboretum, dairy farmers hill, then onto Stromlo.
Stromlo climb up the trunk trail, hero grip, so left it in the dog. Tailwind up the climb. Feeling is superb. Then the descent down skyline and the berm track was perfect. Grip, tailwind, speed, all in abundance.
Next up was a World Cup climb including a reasonably sketchy run through hammerhead! The organic brake pads are way too grippy here. Sintered is better! Fireroad up to top of Stromlo, then another skyline and berm track run down.
Then I took the tailwind \ sidewind home, which got me home in about 40 minutes. Protein shake, shower, cheesecake, toasted Turkish bread. Stage 2 of 2009 TDF, snooze in bed!
New things today. Oakley Photochromic Radar lens. Continental Race King Supersonic 2.2 tyres.
Good things to say about these products, which will be mentioned in a new blog post or2 in the next week or so.