Sparky gets 2nd!!

30th Jul

Race #1 xco series. July 22nd, Eagle Park.

2nd, woo hoo!

My serious  training for the first race of the XCO Winter races begun by competing in the Kona Dirty weekend at Fox Creek on the 5 & 6 of May, finishing in a close 2nd place, but I never got round to blogging about it (sorry Rich!). Since then I have been training hard and coming into the first race of the series I felt strong and confident. My daily commute to work with a few detours up and into alligator gorge keep my legs fresh for getting out on my mountain bike  on the weekends (it isn’t too hard to keep motivated when you have sweet Melrose single track at your door step!). After a good couple of months  of training I was definitely chomping at the bit to test out my legs.

A reconnaissance ride on Saturday with my good friend and serious competitor Ro uncovered a great loop with a good bit of climbing and technical single track put together by the club,  which suited me just fine!

The race got off to a pretty fast start, climbing up and over the 4x track then continuing up to the start of Tunnel Vision. The climb was a good way to get everyone sorted out and I entered Tunnel Vision in about 6th place. I was keen to get further up in case someone tried to drive off the front, hemming me in, while trying to cover any attacks and stay with the leaders as long as possible.

I came through for the second lap in fourth place and before I knew it there was just myself and one other rider, who turned out to be a fella by the name of Travis. (we had a bit of a chat along the way!). We took it turns at the front and drove on quite hard leaving any signs of others far behind.

I was feeling strong till about the 5th lap where Travis got a gap on me that increased throughout the lap. I came home strong in the final lap and thought I might see Trav again but he was too strong (this time!) and he finished in first place. This left me to come-in in second place, which I was stoked with, made even better after I saw my mate Ro coming through in 3rd  place. With the next race in four weeks I’ll be training hard in hope of moving up to that top step!

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DIRTY DAYS with SAMBA

25th Jul

RIDE THE INAUGURAL DIRTY DAY

Register for the first of three Dirty Days – SAMBA’s inaugural recreational MTB Series – at Belair National Park and Craigburn Farm and support the SAMBA Trail Care mission to build and maintain sustainable trails in South Australia.
Experience some of the first purpose built singletrack on DENR managed land, or undertake a skills session and then put those new found skills to use as you ride a shared-use fire trail network through koala filled eucalyptus forest as part of a led group ride.

Brought to you by the {link samba.asn.au South Australian Mountain Biking Association} (SAMBA), Dirty Days is a series of three recreational beginner and intermediate rides, with each day including Mountain biking skills sessions and supported rides for those starting out and longer marked loops for the more confident and adventurous to explore.The second Dirty Days event will take place at Prospect Hill while the final event at Cudlee Creek highlights the jewel in the crown of South Australia’s mountain bike trail network.

So get your friends together and join us for a day of fat tyre fun on some of the best trails around Adelaide! For more information and to register, go to {link bikesa.asn.au/DirtyDays}

If you are after a longer, more explanatory text, you can pull some from the SAMBA newsletter to introduce the event series from http://www.bikesa.asn.au/DirtyDays-Newsletter

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