Wednesday, April 11, 2012

12hrs in the Piney - Armidale

Well this was a last minute decision but Richard and I decided to go down along with Boris and compete ihn a 2 person mixed and between us we could look after Boz riding Solo.

Lets just say this track is not a hardtail SS track.. But man it was fun!!!!!!!!

This would have to be one of the best events I have been to... 10am start 10pm finish on a saturday, so plenty of time to recover before having to drive home sunday morning.

Now back to the track, AWESOME.... first few kms were flowing through the pine trees and this is where you could get some real pace on(if you had the big gears to do it).. my little legs were spinning off their pivots..  The middle of the track had some nice climbing, through pine forest, along creek, rock gardens... there were a lot of technical areas through out the track but there was always a B line for anyone less confident.. The descent was awesome although getting towards the end of the race the arms were getting tired so a couple of B lines were taken.  The last 3 kms was like the first back through the pine forest... it was quite a rough course so a dually would have been a better choice but all in all a super track.

After an error with the timing tent and a miscommunication we ended up coming 2nd.. long story..... lets just say that regardless of what any timing sheet says Rich and I will be racing till the very end from now on.

This was only the 2 time this event was run.... we will be back next year with reinforcements!!And a different bike. ;-)


So the news for the new year is that I have been asked to join as newly formed MTB team.
The MultiLYNX team consists of Simon and Samantha Frederiksen, Chris Lusty and myself.
 In addition to the MultiLYNX sponsorship Simon put in some great work which resulted in sponsorship from Adidas Eyewear & Shotz Nutrition.
I also have the ongoing support of my employer ESANDA.

A benefit of the team is having Sam & Simon as qualified cycling coaches.. so between them they have compiled my training program to keep me on the straight and narrow.  The program has also included participating in some Crit races... road racing.. not my cup of tea, the people are just a bit strange but it is damn good training.

I have also competed in a 45min short course XC race which as we know is not what I train for but it was good to get a good VO2 session going.. I got 2nd in the womens B grade on the SingleSpeed so pretty happy with that.

Catch up

Well it has been a long time since I have been on here..
Life seems to keep me busy or that's the excuse I will use.

So what has happened in my world since my last confession.
Noosa 000 8hr Challenge with Boris, - not much to report on this one, it was a very unchallenging course and after 6 hours of riding fire roads we pulled the pin.. I race because I enjoy it and this was not one either of us were having any fun at.

Jet Black 24hr..

Racing 4 person Mixed with Richard Baughan, Scott MacDonald and Mikey Price.
Having never been to Mt Annan track we were all looking forward to a different track.
After spending the week leading up to the race in Darwin for work I flew in on the Friday night with me came a nasty chest infection.
We had a great race and after having dramas with Xena's gears I completed most of my laps on Henson (Single Speed= only one gear) and still clocked laps as quick as two of the boys.. It was a good fun track and I would have enjoyed it more if I wasnt relying on cough medicine and Ventolin to compete.
We ended up 3rd after a super close leap frog battle with 2nd.  Note to others if you are in 3rd passing 2nd  and they don't know that you are their competition...DON'T TELL THEM MIKEY!!
Anyway great race and great track.. will be back for this one..

So as mentioned in above post I raced with a chest infection.... STUPID.... so this resulted in 2 months off the bike... :(

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dusk 2 Dawn

After months of not racing and minimal training, at Boz's farewell from work drink he suggested we attempt the D2D as a mixed pair.. It seemed like a good idea at the time.. I have since realised racing pairs is as hard if not harder than going it alone.. but it was a privilege to race with one of my best mates.
The decision was made for Borris to go out on the starting lap as he could get us out the front and out of the traffic..
22 mins and in he rolls, we are in for a quick laps. This course was a lot more climbing than I was used to it such a short lap.. but there was plenty to keep you entertained.. first lap out and about 3/4 way through my rear hanger snaps.. SHITE.. time to run... arrive into transition and Boz was off.. with the help of (self titled)"bitch" aka Nathan King we swapped out the hanger for another one but the damage was done, gears were running like... well like not running at all leaving me with about 4 left come the last few laps..

About 3am the weatherman decided that if it was not silly enough for us to be riding around for 12hrs in the dark, that he would throw some rain in to top it off.  With the rain came the emergence of Snakes, Spiders, Massive Cane Toads and a couple of Foxes to just keep you on your toes. We switched to a couple of Doubles but they were just hard work... singles the rest of the way.. The course was definitely taking its toll and having limited gears didn't help me punch out super quick laps.. we had an awesome cat & mouse/leap frog race with Emma and Paul..

Due to the inaccurate timing we didnt know whether we were 1st or second so we called it with10 mins to go and let Em & Paul know too, so it was actually going to be a surprise when they read out the results.. 2nd Mixed Pair - we were both more than happy with this result..

Thanks to Kiri & Georgie, "Bitch"aka Nath, and of course my team mate and best mate Sean "Borris" Bekkers

3 Ring Circus

Well I am aware how overdue this post is considering the circus was at the end of July.. but I just didn't get round to it.

So the story goes, Ricardo, Mikey and I set off on our road trip to Bundanoon Friday morning.. only 1077kms to go.. Other than a speeding ticket for one of our possie it was an uneventful trip. We stayed Friday night in Sydney and rolled into the circus grounds mid morning Saturday, meeting up with the rest of the QLD contingent Boz, Fellows, Andrew (Mr AyUp), Mark & Ethan.

The schedule for the weekend was a 20km Night race and a 50km day race both races consisting of 3 "Rings".  Night riding has always been my preference so needless to say I was really looking forward to this stage.

As dusk approached we were dressed to brave to cold crisp evening of racing.. BANG... and we are off and racing.. being such a short race the only plan was to go out as hard and fast as I could and hold it for as long as I could.. with numbers around 150 there wasn't too much congestion only a little when we first dropped into the first section of single track.. And what sweet single track it was, so fast, flowy and fun.. having no concept on where I was in relation to the other ladies I just started picking of the boys..That's always more fun anyway..

Coming over the line at 1:09 only a few minutes behind the boys I was stoked.. turns out I was 1st in my category (but there was only 2 of us) and 3rd overall female. Time to focus on tomorrow's race.

Early rise due to such a cold night..

So we line up again for stage 2.. unlike last night the numbers swelled to around 800 (of which about 627 finished), This posed a massive bottle neck at the entrance for the first lot of single track.. I only had to wait a couple of minutes but heard that some people had to wait 15-20 mins..
Back into the single track.."Schweet" there was a heap of single track in the first two "rings" but the last one was one long fire road ride.. not how I expected it to end but none the less it was a great course.

Result for Matinee stage was 4th in  Open women's. Combining that with my night stage result I ended up 2nd Overall Woman.

Definitely a must do for everyone's racing calendar.. Definitely will be on mine again next year.
Biggest thanks go out to Esanda who's continuous support is so appreciated.. and to AYUP for your support and awesome lights that make night riding all the better.


Monday, July 11, 2011

Little Miss Muppet

A few months back while randomly going through good ole stalkbook I came across an event that the crew from Race Elements were putting together... Muppets To Champions..... After a little more research and a little help from my work, I was enrolled in the Muppets program.. 8 weeks 3 mornings a week of organised rides, road rides, mtb rides, skills training, and great company.. 

Starting off with a welcome dinner at Arrivedeci Pizza on Good Friday it was quite a quiet dinner being that we were all meeting each  other for the first time..

Saturday morning was a Time trial up a section of  single track and Mt Nebo fire trail, 4.7kms. Timed on the way up a 10 min break and then timed back down the same section.  This was going to be our base line to beat in 8 weeks time.

6am starts usually at Cootha or the river loop during the week meant 4:30am starts to get there on time.. (can't say I am missing that part)  Road riding in a group on our first Wednesday ride, this was a first for me, I usually do all my training alone and had no idea what so ever what all the bloody hand signals were about.. but it was a lot of fun..

A couple of mornings up at Bunya we had MTB skills training with Aiden Lefmann.. Didn't this show up the lack there of skills I had.. Track stand?? I think I lasted about 5 seconds.. oh well at least there was room for improvement,...

Freddo and  Trav mixed it up for each session.. keeping everyone interested, singletrack one morning, Cootha reps the next.. The little tips here and there made all the difference to my improvement.

Saturday 18th June was the final day  and was the Time Trial of the section we did on day one..
With a Niner frame as the prize for most improved (thanks to FTR) we were all wired to smash our best times.. I was off an I was on it... I managed to shave off  3 mins on my time and when got to the top, I was very close to spewville, Sam can vouch for that... 10 min break and then back down we go... All I kept thinking was don't  brake, (being that I am a serial braker) faster, faster, faster.. 1 min off my down hill time. Happy little muppet.. 

Dinner that night  was suppose to be the presentation of the most improved but with a couple of peeps not being able to attend  testing that morning we waited till the next week (post 8hr) so the others could do their testing..

Dinner Friday 24th June at Simon's and Sam's, awesome feed of taco's thanks guys..  After a couple of beers and a bit of a discussion Simon announced the most improved muppet as myself.. Stoked does not come close to explaining how I felt and the support of the boys in the decision was very humbling. I finished off taking 4:04 mins of my time and lost 5% body fat.

So another trip into FTR (which is becoming a common occurrence) to see Tim to discus options.. Air9, One9 or the last minute suggestion of SIR9.  Too many options I had to think this one over.. After a week of deliberation I decided on a Kermit Green SIR9, being steel although heavier a lot more forgiving  on the body with amount of time I spend on the bike.

Impatiently awaiting its SS build kit

I can not thank Simon and Trav enough for all their help.  I would recommend to anyone wanting a little extra help with their MTBing to give these guys a bell  they cater for all skill levels..They have helped me so much with my confidence on the bike and cutting my times down and on a side note have gained some pretty awesome mates.


Tailwind 8 Hr 19th June

The final race of the series..

Rolled up at daylight to Old Hidden Vale for the final race of the series.  Although there nice and  early  I didn't get a chance to get out and do a practice lap, but after racing the 24 here only a month ago and the course was the same, I was happy that I knew what I was in for..

For a change I started a bit forward of the middle, Usually I tend to start towards the back.  8am and wheels were rolling.  My plan for the race was to try and stay nice and consistent and get through a minimum of 8 laps.It was great to be out racing with so many mates... new and old..

No mechanicals or flats and an awesome crew in Kel Pearson allowed me to keep rolling around this awesome course. A very close encounter with a Brown Snake was more than enough to get the heart racing.. The Carbide felt awesome after having it fitted properly only days before.. Thanks FTR

8 laps, and finishing 4th in the Solo women's gave me the points needed to finish 3rd in the series overall.

Massive thanks to Kel for single handedly crewing for 4 of us.. you rock!!! Congrats to Boris for getting back on top of the podium..