Sunday, October 31, 2010

One week on

and a downpour later....

normally the trail goes through here

No quite as fast or deep but about double the size of normal

totally flooded

The bridge work from my last post, needs to be extended slightly but otherwise perfect.

another section almost under water.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Bit more trail work

bridge work..

bit more trail "paving"

rocks and logs, nice ride, better than getting stuck in a mud hole

one handed riding video....

Sweet as

new shoes... Silver.

New fork! Tapered steerer, QR15, sweet as....

The bike feels a million bucks, took it out for some sweet trails and its now too fast.... super stiff front end and direct steering. Now my tyres feel like they are too low pressure. Yeah, back on, its trail rippin time....

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Worlds and the aftermath

Sadly I didn't really take any good photos from our time in canberra. I rode the solo course with bellie, the teams course with mel, The solo course by myself(and had a minor getoff, ouchy ribs)and the teams course with Rowney. Both courses were tough, solo course was rough and would be a test of toughness. The teams course was tight and would be tough to pass on. All good.

As usual midday saturday comes around quickly and there we were lined up.

Worlds Elite start line to the left... the right

3am shot?? The phone camera doesn't do justice to the sight from up on the hill. Teams and Solo riders with all the tent setups and pit crews. It was a huge event.

The Solo presentation dinner. Packed into the ANU Bar with a huge Que for food our table decided beers would be better....

And the next day we drove home to Melbourne. Roadtrip done. A great week capped off with a great race. Bellie had a good race but had to stop early due to shoulder issues. The Gu/Yeti team won 4 man teams. Mel and I rode some sweet trails and had a nice week in the sun.

So welcome back to Melbourne, rain, cold, rain... I took some time out to do some weather proofing of a trail.

Bit more to do.... more photos next time i make the trip out.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Pomingalarna Park Wagga Wagga

found a trail map for this place while searching for the Nail Can Hill map and given it was on the way we stopped in for a ride. Definitely a surprise, i didn't need to refer to the map at all. We just followed the arrows and they took us on a nice loop around the park.

The cutting

similar trails to Beechworth in areas, with the rocks, trees and winding trails. great fun.

Not a super tech area but the trails flowed well and made for a fun morning

Blair Witch trail....

bit further on in Blair Witch, a bone hanging from a tree...

The luge, reminded me of Melrose trails, winding down a gully with plenty of cool g-outs.
So another great place to ride on our way to Canberra. We have arrived at the 24hour Worlds site and setup the caravan. Managed to get in another ride around the solo course. Some typical stromolo rocky sections and cool flowing trail. Some which will get tough at 3am....
More riding to do on friday then maybe a quick loop saturday morn before I take my place in solo pit alley to help Bellie in his race. Hope to get some more pics of the race site and course up tomorrow, as long as the laptops battery lasts....

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Nail Can Hill

I had no idea where to go, just a map and some trails marked on it. So i picked a trail and we headed for it..... turns out i picked the wrong one

Its marked as unemployment track i think and we walked up most of it. It reminded me of an Epix ride... to be fair it was more a walking path and probably not for riding. If you were to ride it i'd say head down on a long travel bike would be better. So we slogged our way up and onto the ridge road the cuts through the trail network.

Heading along that road we took a turn off to the left and hit the good trails... we ended up somewhere and after some loops, climbing and "just a bit further" I located where we were on the map.

some smooth winding trails, great fun

some rocky winding trails, also great fun

The 29er got a run today, again proving its a great ride. floating over the rocks with ease.

mel on the trails

Semi downhill track that cuts across the side of nail can hill another sweet trail

Great view off the hill.

another walking track?? i reckon you could ride it. Mel wasn't up for it.

more rocky trail. this is a great area for rocks. the trails are super sweet. sadly the map i had was a bit out of date and we probably missed a heap of great loops. Next time we'll try and hook up with some locals for a guided ride....

Art short.

So, Nail Can Hill, definitely worth a trip. I'd either take a local or a gps and map cause there is a heap of trail to enjoy.
I'm told new trail maps will be available once local councils and govt etc give the go ahead, hopefully that is soon.

Keep an eye on the Albury Wodonga Mountain Bikers site for the new map and upcoming races.

onward we go toward Canberra....

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Mt Beauty

First place to stop on our riding road trip in Mt Beauty. The sun is shining and the trails are dry. Perfect weather for riding. Its been about 6 months since i last rode here and longer still since i raced the trails. Seems they've been busy building new trail....

Big Hill MTB Park...

Bit of "North Shore" inspired trail

Survey Track. A must ride when you come to Mt Beauty, great to ride up, unreal riding down...

ready to rock, i think....

can you spot mel.... ?

Mel got an owie...

Classic. Great flowing trail too

New trails are being made... Lukes Trail. Very nice.

Well worth a revisit. Next stop Nail Can Hill...

Canberra Roadtrip

Heading upto the World Solo 24 hour/Scott 24 in Canberra so Mel and i have done the grey nomad thing and hitched up a caravan, packed the bikes and stocked the fridge.....

Arrived at our first stop and setup camp. Couple of yeti's hangin out....

Friday, October 1, 2010