Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The lead up to Worlds




 

Lead up to World 24hr hmmmmm, well not exactly as planned but I don't think anyone can say that they have had the perfect lead into any race. 6 week ago saw me hit a tree pretty hard and ever since, I have tried to push through with training and racing. The time has come for me to give it a rest for a couple of weeks.

Although not ideal it has allowed other ideas to present themselves and I have had time to pursue them. I have for a few years now wanted to start my own Skills clinic but never had the time to get it off the ground. I'm still working in Tamworth and after helping a friend with some MTB skills, word spread super fast,  before I knew it my long lost dream has surfaced and is now looking more promising then ever.

Where to from here, well I have two weeks of no/ minimal training, then I'm hoping to smash the km's and get some form back.

Last weekend was super cool, I got to race with friend and under 19 National champ Holly Harris at the Rocky Trail 7hr. We laid down some fast times and came away with a win in the mixed category.

Stoked

Mt Annan Rocky Trail 7hr






Due to some knee damage over the past couple of week my training has been patchy, on the up side when I have been on the bike it has been pretty fast. So all in all no complaints.

So find a race that will suit my riding for the time being, the Rocky trail 7hr ticked that box. To make it more awesome I was able to team up with National under 19 XC champ Holly Harris. What a team mate right.

Racing the enduro scene  in Sydney is always good, you get the very best riders and this race was no exception. The likes of Gordo and Ed Mcdonald to name afew.  Good friend of mine Crummy gave us a head up on the course, basically you had to be on it the whole time, tight twisty switch backs lots of climbing, wicked A lines this race has it all. Holly with some convincing took up first lap honours, she had a pretty good start and smashed her way through the field to be the first female back to transition, I was up next, I got on the gas from the get go, although I did hold back a little to scope out the sneaky lines.

We went lap for lap and we increased our lead every lap, things seemed to be going really well.
Because I was treating each of my laps as a hot lap, I wasn't quite ready for what was about to happen..........

Holly had gone out on her lap and being the machine she is, she pushed a little hard and found her bike had been dragged out from under her. After picking herself up out of the rocks it was obvious her race had been cut short. Holly had a pretty awesome cut to her knee. Luckly we had put a lot of effort in early and all I needed to do was tap the next 3 laps out. After being fueled up by Crummy, Donna and Holly I headed out, I felt good but because of putting everything I had in on the previous laps I was getting pretty tired.  With 30 min plus left on the clock we were far enough in front that we could call it a day.

I would like to say a huge thanks to Crummy and Donna for having us, Holly for being an awesome team mate, heaps sick racing with someone as keen as yourself to smash it.

Thanks to my Sponsors, Target trek racing team, my Superfly was unreal and seriously fast, Rubena for the super glue like tread, Venture cycles for keeping my bikes in tuned, never misses a beat

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tamworth Newspaper
http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/1627523/queenslander-laps-up-tamworth-two-hour-challenge/


Just after Holly went through on a smashing lap.

Got the top step. Boom
 
 
Have to say its almost cheating when you team up with the current under 19 National champ


Here is what Holly and crummy had to say about the Rocky Trail round 4 on the weekend

Holly Blog below:

http://hollyharri0.wix.com/hollyharrismtb#!blogger-


Crummy:

http://www.mcrummy.blogspot.com.au/


Enjoy




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