Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Turquoise Twice, Splashes of Chrome

Toys have been coming in thick and fast at the shop. I decided to go the route of a new shock on the ASR to complete it...

...which I think it did very nicely.

Of course something had to keep the shock company on the trip from Yeti to us, some extra turquoise.

Technically not mine, but I'll be throwing a leg over at some stage(s). Coming together very nicely.

Enough about bits and more about riding them. Have managed to crank them over a little in the past couple of weeks, mainly roadie time doing the commuter thing into work.

I did manage to give the ASR a good test on Saturday morning chasing a pink pair in Rohin and Sam on a 60km loop from Ivanhoe out to Donvale and back. More than enough climbing for my liking with Sam throwing in some extras just because I was hurting. Plenty of sweet singletrack to offset it though.

The best part, how instantly I felt at home on the ASR, that elusive balance point is so easily found. Lucky I'm comfortable on it I suppose as I've now committed to racing in a Mixed 4 at this weekends Kona 24 in Forrest.

Oh, more bits.

New bar/stem/tape/hoods/spacers/top cap. Pimp my ride roadie style!
Yes that tape is chrome.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Stock In The Garage

I've finally got around to putting some stock into the garage. So click on over and check it out. More to come in the following days.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Return to Westage

Being in the area on Thursday evening and not having visited for a while I dropped in at FGP's dirt crits. Not quite making the start, traffic sucks, I resorted to camera duties. A good night to be a spectator as well with hotly contested racing. No one wanting to give an inch into the last corner resulting in at least one two person pile-up and mandatory scramble for the line. I make no promises as to the quality of my work, but hopefully there's a couple of good ones. Full album here.

Duncan ever impressive on the fixie.

James also returning after a long exodus from any dirt critting.

Erin and Adrian fighting for the win into the last corner.

Side by side into the last corner, shortly before taking each other out.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Kona Surfcoast 6hour MTB Festival

Better late than never, working 13-15 hours a day means no time for blogging (but lots of money for bike parts!).

Anyway, on October 27 while all the big guns were vying for bragging rights in Canberra Mr. Richard Grant and I made the much nicer trek down to Anglesea, to a little place called 'Eumeralla eco-camp'. The occasion, the inaugural Kona Surfcoast 6hour MTB Festival.

Not wanting to camp, and not feeling that either of us were in any shape to pedal around for 6 hours we both signed up for the no-lights required 3 hour event. This event was special for another reason, my first race in Super Grover kit.

The race kicked off at 4pm just as the heat of the day was going and a cool breeze seemed ever present. Being on the single speed (no, the yeti hasn't arrived yet) I had no choice but be near the front up the first climb and managed to lead over the top before Troy Bailey flew past on the decent never to be seen again on his way to winning the 6 hour event.

Not too much climbing meant the single speed was perfect, but the same can't be said for the hardtail. Sections of track being absolutely jarring making it difficult to keep the spin going. The limited fireroad was a nice touch and very promising single track that just needs a little riding in to turn into a very flowing track.

So around I rode for three hours, pushing the climbs, and coasting elsewhere. Big Rich turned from race rival to pit crew after snapping a derailleur hanger twenty minutes in. Watching the clock I started slowing up from lap 5 so that number 7 would finish right on the 3 hour mark. I ended up coming in a minute early anyway but went with the wait it out pre-finish line tactic, avoiding having to put the lights on and walked across the line, 7 laps in the bag in 3 hours, 11 seconds with darkness setting in.

A quick pack-up and Rich and I headed home for a lovely sleep in my own bed. We should have stuck around as the results indicate I managed to pull off the W. Big thanks to Mick, Shane and all the others down at Southern Exposure for the great race. The twilight concept is a good one. Race data is over at MotionBased, 87% average heart rate! I must have been off the bike for a while.