Friday, July 29, 2011

Bike up for sale

I am selling one of my bikes.

The specific details are listed here

This is a great bike if you are after a superb dually, loaded with great parts at a good price.

Monday, July 25, 2011

How much good quality riding can you fit into one day

That was the question on my mind.
I was at the end of a big block build and wanted to know what the body still had in it. CORC had organised a club race at Stromlo at the western carpark side for the Saturday at 2pm.
The day started with the bakery bunch ride. For some reason I had been awake since 4am. It was probably because of the Tour de France and the interesting stages that had been on.
I hooked up with Andrew Hall at the Rex hotel along Northbourne Avenue and we chugged down to Phillip for the start.
Andrew had this to say (via facebook) about the morning's ride.
"Funny sort of Bakery Bunch ride this morning - Ride to woden 27 mins @ 271 wnp, 2nd wheel in bunch 45 mins @ 274wnp, 22 min pull with James Downing @ 349wnp (there will be no talking:), and then the bunch had nothing. 235wnp up until the gallop and the gallop was a lazy 288wnp."
I don't know what that means as I am not a Power Meter trekky. I was just trying to take it easy and keep th elegs reasonably fresh for the afternoon. The strong headwind through Gungahlin kept the bunch doing rolling turns at only 40km/hr, where usually it can go 50-55km/hr.
So after that, I cruised home with a lazy 75km in the legs and was home by 9am on a Saturday morning. Don't remember ever being at home at that time on a Saturday!
3 hours later I got my stuff together to head out to Stromlo for the XCO race. There was also a Canberra Cycling club road race out at Stromlo at the same time, so there were just cyclists everywhere which is just great.
The course set was a super long one. It was about 10km in length and took in just about every trail out the west side of Stromlo. My quick calculations after the first lap of about 27 minutes into a 5 lap race meant that this was going to be a long one.
Dylan and Brad took off like scalded cats on the first lap. I overhauled Brad halfway through the first lap, and was able to put in a further 25 seconds into him by the end of the lap, but was about 40 seconds down on Dylan. About 3 minutes into the 2nd lap the rear tyre blew a sidewall and I had to pop a tube in. This took forever for a few reasons, about 5 minutes which is about 2 minutes longer than I would have liked.
Once the tube was in I proceeded to try and haul back some of the time lost. The course was long, which made for easy traffic management, which was light anyway. So I was able to claw back 2 and a half minutes back on Brad over the next 3 and a half laps after fixing the flat.
When I got to the end I could see the tube poking out just a little through the split in the sidewall. Pretty lucky that it didn't reburst!
Most people were just expecting a standard 90 minute XCO race. By the end, this had turned into a half marathon!! But the course was great. The Western side of Stromlo is made for true mtbers with a lot of rocky technical trails.
Results here
1st lap is out by a large margin. I think that they turned the timer on late!!
I was pretty happy with the race besides the flat. With the volume and intensity of the last week including the morning ride, it was indicating good things. The high intensity of the actual race was also quite welcome. The next week will be a good recovery week, followed by some tuning in the week leading up to the Husky 100.
Cyclenation recently released the rankings and proze money for the overall marathon series.
Needless to say with this excellent injection of cash into the series, the last 3 races will be hotly contested.
Racing improves the breed, that's for sure!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Interesting morning

This morning was a chilly one. Thank god for windstopper material. I would go out on a limb and state that I believe that windstopper for a winter cyclist rates up there as highly as USB and the Internet in terms of useful things in life.
With the light rain from last night, this morning was super foggy. I reckon there was about 50 metres visibility. I was wiping my glases down every 5 kilometres or so as they just started to get a nice beaded coating of water from the fog.
This morning I had on the Craft baselayer with the windstopper front, the Assos tights with the windstopper legs, windstopper booties, one set of windstopper gloves underneath my standard winter gloves and all was good.
After a short while in the -2 C temperature at 40km/hr into the fog, I started to accumulate ice crystals all over myself and my bike.
Pretty amusing to say the least.
So, what's coming up? Well there is the Husky as the next big race that means something. This has now been rescheduled to the 7th of August. There is also he possibility of racing Stromlo Western Carpark next Saturday. This will start at 2pm so I will have to see whether I can be bothered getting to that one. On the one hand I love racing at Stromlo, on the other hand - it is in the afternoon. We shall see.
The tour has been going along with a few small issues along the way. How can you not be impressed with Johnny Hoogerland. There are not too many roadies who get back on and keep going after a crash. Some of them are almost as soft as soccer players. Jens Voight even has a poster of Johnny up on his wall at home.
This weekend I should be back up to full distance on the training route. The solo24 boys are heading down the coast for their C2C ride. Good luck with that fellas!! That would be a fairly good week's worth of training right there in 2 days.
Yesterday morning I saw a recumbant (retard) rider that had been pulled over by the police. It might have been the fashion police, or it could have just been the simple fact that these are stupid bikes and shouldn't be used because they are dangerous and you can't see them. The flag is doing nothing!!
Earlier this week I checked with @secrettrainer ( to see who the Velo Canberra nugget is who often drives the bakery bunch along Adelaide Ave on Saturday mornings. Turns out it is Steve Isbel. Steve is a pretty nice bloke. Happy to have a chat, I was quite surprised that a roadie could be relatively friendly on consecutive weekends. Sometimes they blow hot and cold. Props to Velo for having this dude on their roster. He's not a bad climber either, currently holding the second fastest time up Corin behind Mick Tolhurst.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


The last two weeks have flown by. First off, the husky 100k got postponed due to rain. I had a mad scramble on the Friday before that one searching for a race to do that weekend. Road TT, or mtb xco. I took the mtb option.

Corc put on a club race at majura. I rode over with kylie from my place. It only took 15minutes to get to the start line. There were about 20 dudes lined up for A grade.

The race was fast from the gun, with Dylan cooper and Brendan Johnston going out hard. I managed to catch them by the end of the second lap.

I moved into 2nd when Brendan overshot a corner. Dylan was only about 10 seconds in front. But when you are racing a flat course those 10 seconds can be impossible to claw back.

On the last lap, I dropped my chain between the frame and the cranks and it took forever to get it out. So long that the time I put into Brendan disappeared as he came back into sight.

The leg burn was intense on the last fire road as we sprinted flat biscuit for the line.

2nd place behind Dylan, and just in front of Brendan.

I was pretty happy with that as I had done a good 5and a half hours the day before. Husky form was definitely on track

Then it was off to Bangkok. Wow what a wild city. It just does not sleep, or slow down. Crazy stuff.

Two weeks later it is hard getting back to reality and having to prepare my own food and figure out what the body does on the bike.

Oh well, should only take a week or two to get it back. Patience is the key....