Sunday, August 29, 2010

Neil "The Hammer" Robinson


New Trail




Ridden and rated, sweet.

bit late fella

Castlemaine 6 hour, over a week ago, old news really. Been an interesting week so here is a brief version of a race report. Sadly i have no racing shots or trail shots, apart this one of the start line i pinched from faceboof.
I rolled to the start after saying i wasn't really up for smashing myself. Sitting a few rows back we were shuffling forward and i just "happened" to shuffle myself onto the front line. Mr Norris in full Drapac gear rolled up beside me. After a bit of banter and ANOTHER crap on about the A lines on the course (fair enough, some people need to be warned about the dangers on the trail. But I'm awesome man. A lines only for me...)

Off and racing! I tacked onto Norris for the first bit of lap 1. about a third of the way in he rode off and i kept my hammer down, A lines were destroyed and i finished my lap in 2nd overall with a healthy gap to those chasing. Mel and i did lap for lap, then i did a double lap, mel did a lap, i did another double and then Mel brought it home to finish with 5 mins to go. We were in the lead a lap up and i'd already got out of my riding kit. Day done!!

2 bottles of wine and a Medal each. Unreal. Great day and great trails.

Rumour it may be the last 6 hour? not sure, maybe something new next year. whatever they do it'll be sweet.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Jubberland 6 hour Castlemaine.

What a great place. Private land. Awesome trails. Perfect weather. Great result.

I borrowed the Jeep Wrangler for the trip to the 'maine. And immediately found out how big the tank is....

The trip up was fairly uneventful. arriving just as the sun was going down we got out campsite setup and wandered over to see the Fixi Toss. Maybe i should have had a go cause the other mini events from the evening were a bust for me.

Longest Skid comp on a 16inch bike - Disqualified. not sure why but i wouldn't have won anyway
Dual Eliminator on 16inch bike - out in the first round.

I was up against Paul Van and decided the way to beat him was knock him off the track.

My 70ish kg VS his 90ish kg didn't work. My handlebars were no longer pointing the right way.
Also, to be totally honest, I Cant Ride A 16inch Bike. Cant do it. I've ridden trials, DH, XC. Tech stuff, picked some stupid lines and pulled em off. I just cant rock the kids bike. That is all.

Thankfully there was a roaring fire and many ales to pass the time.

Highlight of the evening, fixi tossed into the fire.... by morning the cranks, rims and rear hub had been reshaped into metal blobs. The frame was ready for a coat of paint. freshly heat treated....

Frosty morning. minus temps overnight combined with an air mattress that decided to loose air made for a hard night. Many a plan was devised on the drive home after the race on how to improve the tent and sleeping arrangements. I think borrowing a caravan may have been the winner....

more on Sundays race to come.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Bit Wet Out There...

tyres still white tho.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


oh yeah.... thats a lot of white.... All ready for some mud at Chase the Sun tomorrow.

Finally i'm back. Its been almost 4 weeks. All just to get well again. The drugs did their job, now to clear out the system and get back on two wheels. If it wasn't raining so much that would be so much easier.

During the downtime i upgraded the headset on my ASR5. Obvious choice, Chris King. Tapered. Smoooooth.

Out with the old...

In with the new.

While the fork was out i may have hooked the digital scale upto the Reba... its a bit of a bodge job of parts so wasn't expecting much. Lets just say the new SID 120 World Cup XX i've got my eye on will cut some significant grams. 120mm travel, Tapered Carbon Steerer, Hydraulic lock out, 15mm through axle.
And they are white...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

ASR frame for sale

Just the frame. If you are interested send me an email and i'll pass your details onto the seller.


Monday, August 2, 2010

a visit to the doctor

2 weeks of coughing and sounding like a pack a day smoker has finally got the better of me. A visit to The Doctor completed. Diagnosis, Lung infection. Crap.