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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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Nice racing

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here's the write up I submitted to Lithgow radio and the various papers from Lithgow Bathurst Blue Mts and this week Orange. I know Lithgow been running them so hopefully the other are too.

With competitors coming from as far afield as Wentworth Falls, Orange and Mudgee the Stella Maris Mining Services/Centennial Coal weekly Tuesday evening cross country mountain bike races held near Rydal are fast becoming the CTMBCs most popluar series ever.

With a friendly vibe and close racing on a fun but challenging track it's proving to be a great way to spend a Tuesday afternoon.

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Grin factor +10

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Ah how fun was that.

Last week I though we had made a good start on the trails with "Ants Pants" but was kind of dreading racing as we only had 800 meters of ST to about 2.5km of fire road. Heaps of potential just needed more work. Tuesday ight racing usual consists of 5-6 laps of a 3km loop. It's basically a 40min sprint.

In steps Richard Campbel.. He calls Sunday night,, "I've had my doitcher(sp?) out there today and cut some more trail to get rid of some of the fire trail"
Thus "Rags to Rich's" was born (Didn't have my gps but will add it to the data base shortly.)

tate's picture

watch out for the kangaroos

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great track, just wish my single track skills were better.

will definitely be back next year.

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back yamma bigfoot

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good first event and happy to finish with a half decent looking time, learnt a lot from this and will take that knowledge to the fling, time wise for the fling? i think the hills will decide!

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Next year........

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Some things I've learned this weekend...

Mobs of kangaroos get spooked very easily and are very, very bad at emergency stops.
Just because it's easier than the Doctor/Dirtworks/Fling, that in no way makes it easy.
Just because it's flat, it doesn't mean it's easy..... it just means you have to pedal continuously.
35km off road in 5 months is not nearly enough preparation for a 100km race.
No amount of high intensity 60 minute commutes will save you when it's decision time at 75km.
It's best not to have flu in the 10 days before the race.

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Tougher than expected

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That was harder than I expected. Because it was relatively flat, you were on the gas pretty much the whole time.

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Nice night for a ride

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Myself, Meggs, Dan Blowes and Richy had an enjoyable night out with this one.

Crystal clear skys above, fun trails below...

Not even the deep patches of sand could spoil it.

Ended up doing this loop
http://ctmbc.net/node/15010
Which took in some old fire trail a lot of which may as well have been single trail.
Back up the enduro trail in the reverse direction from what we'd normally do. This provided some techy climbs and some surprisingly flow sections that were an absolute blast.

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Single Track Mind 8hr Enduro Round 1 Lidsdale

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Good fun out at Lithgow for the first round of the Single Track Mind series.
Teamed up with a mate in the Pairs Category and apart from a rear shock failure on my 2nd lap which slowed me up by about 5 mins it was pretty smooth sailing the whole day. Big thankyou to Lifecycles who fixed up the shock enough to get me through the day.
Track was fun, not congested at all and everyone was behaving themselves with passing/being passed.
Ended up with 14 laps (7 each) for a total of 140km.
12th in our category which wa a good effort considering most of the teams above us were sponsored riders.

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hard

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After having an amazing time with Gav's friend Ian on Saturday (we saw a fluffy goat, spoon bird, a snake with no teeth and fish) We took the train with our bike and big bags direction to the house of MTB 24h soloist mentor John alias Carlgroover. When the boys were talking, I was working on finishing a really important part of the ARC grant application as I had a big dead line ...Gav called me to have dinner and I had gluten free pasta and supa salty cheese and pasta sauce (no beer).

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