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Woodford Festival 2011
Modified on 2013/01/08 02:39
Mountain Biking was my adjunct to [Climbing|climbing] for years. If it was too damp to climb, it was usually half decent biking conditions, and if stuck without a partner, the two could be nicely combined. In the winter (this was the early days of indoor walls) I'd ride a lot for fitness and wait for the next climbing season. I then stopped riding for a few years after moving to London, and I've only ridden sporadically until recently. I tend to enjoy long-ish XC rides the most, but if they can throw in some fast singletrack, I'm all for it. Which is why I quite like [TheOaks|The Oaks]. I completed one [http://www.polarischallenge.com/|Polaris Challenge], in, I believe, 1996 at Kielder. The event ended badly in results terms when our great first day score (which might have squeezed us into the top-20, IIRC) was redacted for a late arrival, and day two left us both demoralised and sore after pushing a little too hard on day one. Still, it was a fantastic ride, and worthwhile if only for the memory of descending snow covered mountains in large packs of riders, basically skiing down the path by kicking the rear end of the bike around, yelling and whooping with exhilaration. I still have the same [MyBike|bike], believe it or not. It's old, and it's outdated and it's a bit heavier than a modern hardtail, but I like it and we have a history together. I have augmented it with a [NewBike|BMC Speedfox], however. I'm keen to do some tracks in the Blue Mountains in the coming months (Jan 2012), which I'll post here as we go along. (update: [http://www.mycolleaguesareidiots.com/archive/2012/01/21/Narrowneck-track-21st-Jan-2012.aspx|Narrowneck done, in a thunderstorm] and in good conditions. [McMahonsLookoutFiretrail|McMahons Lookout] done, [TheOaks|The Oaks] done, for others see the [MTBTrails|trails page]) * [http://www.mapmyride.com/profile/7489238/|My iMapMyRide Profile] * [MTBTrails|Mountain Bike Trails I like] * [http://www.giantrealriders.com.au/my-profile/go-to-profile/?userid=1116|My Giant RealRiders profile] * [https://foursquare.com/drunkenmadman/list/mountain-biking|My Mountain Biking List on Foursquare] * [http://www.wiggle.co.uk/mywishlist?wishListUrl=50NcZP0899136|Wiggle Wishlist] I'm currently keeping an eye on and improving the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bike_Paths_in_Sydney|Bike Paths In Sydney] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycling_in_Sydney|Cycling In Sydney] Wikipedia pages (my username is [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Stopthatastronaut|StopThatAstronaut]). Please let me know any interesting info on the topics that you might have. ==My Bikes== * [MyBike|My AlpineStars Cro-mega] * [NewBike|My BMC Speedfox] as of 15 Mar 2012 I have two other bikes on loan from Tim (Esther's dad) * [OtherBikes|The Other Bikes] ==Wiki Pages== * [ThreeBestUpgrades|The Three Best Upgrades] * [MTBPreparation|Proper Preparation for an MTB Ride] * [c:MTB|Pages in the MTB category] * [c:Cycling|Pages in the Cycling category] * [DangerousDrivers|Dangerous Drivers] - like most cyclists these days, I carry a camera phone. This is where bad drivers will go. * [Path Project] - an idea to get local councils to assign quiet pavement areas as shared cycleways, [http://www.sydneycyclist.com/forum/topics/crazy-drivers?commentId=1321712%3AComment%3A401605&xg_source=msg_com_forum|based on this post] * [BikeBlogs|Bike Blogs] - and stuff peripherally connected ==Racing== I used to do race events back in the day. After getting almost fit, I'm booked to participate in some races this year * [http://www.mtba.asn.au/|Mountain Bike Australia] * [http://www.mountainbiking.com.au/race-entry-compeition-event-manual-form/2012-tathra-mtb-enduro|Tathra Enduro] - missed 2012, but 2013 on the radar * [http://www.maxadventure.com.au/convict100/index.html|Convict 100] - St Albans, NSW - as above, missed 2012 but 2013 on the radar * [http://www.arocsport.com.au/|Capital Punishment] is organised by AROC Sport * [http://www.blackheartevents.com.au/callala-mtb/the100ker-entry|Husky 100] - way too soon to do this in 2012, but 2013 would be great * [http://www.mountainsports.com.au/ms_cms/kanangraclassic/|Kanangra Classic 100] - October 2012 '''Yes, I have entered''' * [http://w2g12.gofundraise.com.au/page/DMOaks2012|2012 Oaks classic] - '''Yes, you can sponsor me for the ride''' * [http://www.arocsport.com.au/mtbenduro/mtbenduro_home.html|2013 Mogo Angry Doctor 100km] * [http://selfpropelled.com.au/race/kowalski-classic/|Kowalski Classic] - 90-100km singletrack classic. Not an enduro, a marathon. Come on, Australia. Get a grip. Enduros are mixed all-mountain races with untimed sections and an emphasis on downhill * [http://www.cyclenation.com.au/custompages/customeventspage.aspx?eeid=3667&CustomEvent=XCM%201|Real Insurance XCM Series] * [http://www.orienteering.asn.au/mountainbike/MTBOEvents/|Mountain Bike Orienteering Events in Australia] I'm most excited by the marathon distances, 100km being my favourite. Timed Enduro racing appeals less, and I don't think I have the power-endurance for short XC any more, but I guess I could work on that over time. ==Links== * [http://crag.asn.au/|Cyclists' Rights Action Group] - particularly good for research into helmet laws * [http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/katoomba.shtml|Katoomba Weather] - if you're heading to the Blue Mountains * [http://www.dhbc.org.au/|Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club] * [http://www.sydneycyclist.com/group/royalnpknightriders|Royal National Park Night Riders] * [http://www.mycolleaguesareidiots.com/archive/2012/03/06/The-green-light-and-why-youre-not-getting-it.aspx|The green light and why you're not getting it] - on the topic of Sydney's bike-lane traffic lights and their poor design. * [http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/a-bridge-too-fast-police-target--unsafe--cyclists--but-not-for-speeding-20120307-1uj6c.html|Police fining riders for running red lights despite the fact the sensors don't work properly.] * [http://www.cycle-helmets.com/nz-clarke-2012.pdf|An evaluation of NZ's compulsory helmet law] * [DangerousDrivers|My Dangerous Drivers page] - gathered two photos on its first day out. * [http://www.melbournebikefest.com.au/|Melbourne Bike Festival] * [http://www.mycolleaguesareidiots.com/category/78.aspx|Hurtling into the distance on two chunky wheels] - my blog category for cycling and the like * [http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1539-6924.2011.01785.x/abstract|The Health Impact of Mandatory Bicycle Helmet Laws] * [http://www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/www/html/4785-jubes-mountain-bike-park.asp|Golden Jubilee Park MTB Park] * [https://www.facebook.com/groups/c2h5ohMTB/|The C<sub>2</sub>H<sub>5</sub>OH Mountain Biking Society] (Facebook Group) - so that my mates and I can drink beer in the mountains. And maybe ride some bikes beforehand. * [http://www.trailflix.com.au/tfx_new/tfxblog/?p=1022|A report on the Convict 100] - I really want to compete in this in 2013
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