Injured and a week off the bike, it’s been wild.

And by wild I mean staying up past 9pm, baking cookies and eating junk food…. 

Good news is I’m allowed to do an easy ride on the Lemond tomorrow, finger crossed for no pain. 

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Apr 12
12:55 am
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One of those moments

The one where you realise Mt Baw Baw classic is only a week away and for some stupid reason you entered A grade. Having never rode the course or mountain before I thought I’d look up some information on the climb.

"Mt Baw Baw is a 12.5km climb that averages around 7.7%"

Reading this actually makes the climb sound not so hard right?

"The last 6km averages 11.3%, the steepest section is above 23%"

Wait, I actually want to ride up this thing? At race pace? Seriously question my mental state right now.


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Apr 5
9:04 pm
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Mansfield crit + Mt Buller road race, a report…. or some ramblings…

I think race reports are quite boring most of the time, trying to imagine what happened via someones words kind of frustrates me so I’ll give you a skeleton version. 

The crit

Serious hitters were out to play, we had some of the bigger national teams well represented and a pro conti rider or two in the mix. Tight and tech circuit with 3 hair pins and a long up hill straight, imagine a T shape.

Start race, fast and furious as everyone wants to be at the front, this meant crashes. Guys were hitting the deck all over the place, in fact 4 crashes happened right in front of me. Pace settled down to what I guess you’d call tempo for A grade (still pretty damn quick). I rolled a turn or two staying out of trouble up the front. Teams got organised and there were many attacks with none staying away as Charter Mason kept bringing everything back as they had big dog SJ waiting to unleash his sprint. Last 3 laps were crazy, full gas if you will. Think of doing a well above threshold effort for 3 laps of a crit circuit, it hurt. Someone dropped the wheel on the second last lap and I was left to bridge and pull a few others across. Got a top 10 finish which I was stoked on but can’t help but think I could have done better if I had moved up earlier. 

The road race

I had to race B grade because my entry went in late, I was not too fussed as this weekend was just a big ol’ training ride for me. Standard road race that finishes with a mountain, early break goes everyone sits up and let’s them roll away then we chase a little later and catch them pretty much at the bottom of the climb. The lead up to the climb was a non event, I pulled a turn or two then some team yelled at me as I wouldn’t just sit on the front and bury myself…. “excuse me Sir, my sincerest apologies for not completely ruining myself on the front. I do not race for a team and must look out for my best interests” … Might not have been this polite. “Then stay the fuck off the front of the race” was the response. Okay Mr cool guy who is a part of a “NRS” team who decided to race B grade. I use inverted commas as I’m mocking them, how clever am I? Anyway, we caught old mate early break near the climb or maybe it was while going up the climb, I forget. About half way up I needed a nature break, not your standard hey I could go but a cramping/hurts to push the pedals need a nature break. Being in the front bunch and having dropped 3/4 of the field I should have pressed on but I really wasn’t concerned with results so I pulled over for a quick pit stop. Jumped back on and spoke to some guy, he said 6km to go, we agreed to ride tempo to the top to try and still get a decent time but when I looked back after puling a turn he was gone so I hammered to the top. Passed some people who blew up, waved to spectators, shared a laugh, smiles were had. Time would have been good enough to finish in the first half of A grade with nature stop included. 

They guy that everyone thought would win? He won, I forget who it was though.

To sum things up, I went away for the weekend and stayed with some really good mates. We did some nice rides in and out of town, drank lots of coffee, ate good food and drank horrible tasting water. 

I should thank Lauretta for getting accommodation sorted and Tyler for taking warm clothing to the top of Mt Buller as it was freezing (my face went blue).


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Apr 5
8:28 am

A couple of photos from Mt Buller road race. 

Full report to come in the form on nonsensical ramblings.


PHOTOSET
Apr 3
9:30 am
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Smell ya later Melbourne!

Smell ya later Melbourne!

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Mar 21
4:39 pm
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My bike has got some love lately. New chain, cassette and chainrings. Force cranks swapped for stages sram rival power meter. Oval Concepts wheels were on their last legs so I got some DT 1600 wheels for training and racing on. 
Hoping to get some tubulars soon and maybe new bars.

Massive thank you to Andy Rogers aka Fame & Spear aka all round nice guy for the service and cleaning of my bike yesterday! Rad friends are rad.

My bike has got some love lately. New chain, cassette and chainrings. Force cranks swapped for stages sram rival power meter. Oval Concepts wheels were on their last legs so I got some DT 1600 wheels for training and racing on.
Hoping to get some tubulars soon and maybe new bars.

Massive thank you to Andy Rogers aka Fame & Spear aka all round nice guy for the service and cleaning of my bike yesterday! Rad friends are rad.

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Mar 21
9:55 am
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My friend Alex took some photos of me pedalling around Drake Boulevard the other night. I like them.

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Mar 21
9:47 am
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So this is what I’ve been up to lately. Got my first dirt tan of the year. Long rides down the beach with a stop for finger buns. Brutal afternoon hill sessions.

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Mar 21
9:45 am
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My friends are ridiculously awesome.

It’s all the little things that add up and make me appreciate everyone so much.

Offering a lift to races without me even having to ask.

I quietly worry to myself about not having anywhere to stay for the weekend of racing in Mansfield and unknown to me a good friend has organised somewhere to stay and included me in her plans. 

Friends who offer a place to stay after things didn’t work out with a girlfriend, friends who don’t mind that stay being extended.

They encourage my cycling goals and even help motivate me on days when I’m feeling a little disheartened and lazy.

Really little things like being told “go back to sleep” or “stop procrastinating and go to bed” when they know I’m really tired and need the rest.

The people who are constantly nagging their team manager to put me on their team.

Anyone who encourages me at training sessions, for example trying to take a lap on the bike outdoors at motorpacing while it’s doing 45km/h is not the easiest task. Even the little “keep pushing” and “go harder” calls make it that little bit easier.

Friends who work in bike shops who offer to keep my bike running and hugely discounted rates or for free.

The people I work with who bend over backwards to accommodate my training schedule, swapping shifts or my boss who gives me flexible hours just so I can sleep or train more.

The friends who are always there to talk even though it’s via facebook 95% of the time due to training and racing swallowing up most of my time.

The friends who will drop whatever they’re doing to hang out when I do have a moment of free time.

There is a thousand more things I could write about but I should really get out of the house and on the bike. I’ll try and write a very late Tour of East Gippsland report this week before the Mt Buller road race. I had been planning on doing regular race reports but have been a little lazy about the whole blogging thing lately.

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Mar 19
10:17 am
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Went and watched the Brunswick cycling club junior track champs before motorpacing the other night. This is the under 9s scratch race!

Went and watched the Brunswick cycling club junior track champs before motorpacing the other night. This is the under 9s scratch race!


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Mar 11
9:19 pm
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Melbourne. Nerd. Mary Lin. I ride bikes. Professional iPhone photographer.