Modified on 2013/01/08 02:39 by Administrator — Categorized as: Cycling, MTB
Mountain Biking was my adjunct to
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
I completed one
, 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
, 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 It's old, and it's outdated and it's a bit heavier than a modern hardtail, but I like it and we have a history together.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
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:
Narrowneck done, in a thunderstorm
and in good conditions.
done, for others see the
My iMapMyRide Profile
Mountain Bike Trails I like
My Giant RealRiders profile
My Mountain Biking List on Foursquare
I'm currently keeping an eye on and improving the
Bike Paths In Sydney
Cycling In Sydney
Wikipedia pages (my username is
). Please let me know any interesting info on the topics that you might have.
My AlpineStars Cro-mega
My BMC Speedfox
as of 15 Mar 2012 I have two other bikes on loan from Tim (Esther's dad)
The Other Bikes
The Three Best Upgrades
Proper Preparation for an MTB Ride
Pages in the MTB category
Pages in the Cycling category
- like most cyclists these days, I carry a camera phone. This is where bad drivers will go.
- an idea to get local councils to assign quiet pavement areas as shared cycleways,
based on this post
- and stuff peripherally connected
I used to do race events back in the day. After getting almost fit, I'm booked to participate in some races this year
Mountain Bike Australia
- missed 2012, but 2013 on the radar
- St Albans, NSW - as above, missed 2012 but 2013 on the radar
is organised by AROC Sport
- way too soon to do this in 2012, but 2013 would be great
Kanangra Classic 100
- October 2012
Yes, I have entered
2012 Oaks classic
Yes, you can sponsor me for the ride
2013 Mogo Angry Doctor 100km
- 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
Real Insurance XCM Series
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.
Cyclists' Rights Action Group
- particularly good for research into helmet laws
- if you're heading to the Blue Mountains
Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club
Royal National Park Night Riders
The green light and why you're not getting it
- on the topic of Sydney's bike-lane traffic lights and their poor design.
Police fining riders for running red lights despite the fact the sensors don't work properly.
An evaluation of NZ's compulsory helmet law
My Dangerous Drivers page
- gathered two photos on its first day out.
Melbourne Bike Festival
Hurtling into the distance on two chunky wheels
- my blog category for cycling and the like
The Health Impact of Mandatory Bicycle Helmet Laws
Golden Jubilee Park MTB Park
OH Mountain Biking Society
(Facebook Group) - so that my mates and I can drink beer in the mountains. And maybe ride some bikes beforehand.
A report on the Convict 100
- I really want to compete in this in 2013