Well, not right now – but I’m finding it’s hard to get the TIME to RIDE – lately.
Have had a few setbacks & time pressures over the last few weeks – and ‘broken body’ problems.
I’d planned to ride in the Castlemaine Rocky Riders event – a 6 hour race, on my new MTB. But – I somehow twisted my back, and couldn’t end up riding. Very annoyed.
And – then was off to Gold Coast for a conference (Microsoft’s TechEd) – which I’d spent many, MANY hours preparing session material & demo’s.
So – finally got a ‘green light’ to go for a ride – and I get the FLU ! Faarrccck.
Anyhoo – last weekend was the first outing on my Specialized Camber Comp (MTB) – for the first time in over a month or more.
Destination : Lysterfield (again)
The trails at Lysty have been (ahem) screwed for quite sometime – with lots of rain & drainage problems originating from the deluge back in March 2011. Some sections were un-rideable – and almost inaccessible.
There has been a lot of work there recently – via working bees – and thanks to World Trail (Glen Jacob’s crew) – to repair the damage.
I rode the main trail last weekend – and it’s the best it’s been for aaaaages. Barely any mud or water – and dry & dusty – and getting slippery in parts.
Instead of my usual trail, I rode the 18km circuit in REVERSE – although technically I’ve always ridden it in reverse – and was now riding it correctly.
Wow – such a difference to the flow of the ride. Some sections which I recall pumping & struggling up-hill were now flowing downhill sections, with awesome little step-downs and jumps over tree roots.
Similarly, the camber of corners was changed – it was like riding the trails for the very first time – even though I’d ridden it 20x or more.
Steed : Specialized Camber Comp
I’d cleaned up my bike in preparation for the Castlemaine ride – so was in need of some dirt action.
After having a hardtail for so long, it’s great to have a 5 inch duallie “trail” bike – it’s probably more suited to flowing down sections – but it’s decent when climbing also – or maybe that’s just *ME* that needs some work.
I’ve found myself going a little bit too quickly a few times – but the bike is sooo composed – can’t fault it.
If anything – the brakes are getting a little “shudder’y” – but I think the first service + tune will refine this.
Another comment is that I used to finish a ride feeling ‘sore’ in the back – and/or muscles in the legs – but don’t get anymore. Well, maybe I haven’t ridden far enough.
The weather is clearing up for more riding – spring is on the way – here’s some of my plans for the next few months :
- Buxton trail – rode there a while ago – awesome flowing trail
- Beaconsfield – don’t think I’ll make the RockHop 2011 this weekend – doh !
- Castlemaine to Bendigo – Leanganook trail
- Mt.Buller – try out the new StoneFly and Copperhead trails – yess !
And – closer to home – re-do the CommGames circuit – where I nearly hit a kangaroo – LOL !
No, I’m not neglecting my ROAD bike too – with a recent ride to Sassafras in The Dandenongs (up the 1/20) – and there’s the 100km Around The Bay – in October.
P.S. If you’re not using STRAVA – you should ! It’s an awesome trail/map application – for iPhone or Garmin’s – although my iPhone failed to record anything on last weekend’s ride – dammit !
If you’re up for a ride – Lysterfield especially – let me know !