This is one race I recommend all mountain bikers should do! Even though the toilets stink, it was awesome to hang around with mates, set up base camp, cook food, share food & ride bikes. This year it was held at East Kowen Forest which is not too far from Canberra. The trail was specifically built for this and it’s a trail I thoroughly enjoyed.
We had 3 teams! Bikes Move Us Slow, Bikes Move Us Slower & Bikes Move Us Slowest. I was in the latter and was the fourth rider. Being the fourth rider I had to wait a few hours before it was my turn. I was a little nervous but excited as I didn’t have time to do a warm up lap on Friday due to work.
As I discovered on my first lap, riding the kow was quite rewarding! It started with uphills and then the middle section was filled with fun, fast & flowy trails where you didn’t have to pedal that much. It was also picturesque. With less than 2km to go I managed to crash. The brake ruts caused my front wheel to jump a little higher which meant the tyre lost a bit of traction on the dirt. I was down for a few minutes and that cost me some valuable time for a personal best. I managed to dust myself off, ride back to transition then straight to First Aid for a clean up.
I rode another 2 laps at night and was about to go on my fourth before it started to rain. After checking the BOM radar, we decided to stop riding and start packing up.
On the way home, I took over the driving from Andy as he was sleepy. Once we arrived, he helped me unload the car and Dianne swiftly ordered 2 pizzas for a late lunch! Next was a much needed nap. Then Dianne made pasta for dinner. Perfect way to end the weekend.
We had a great time and we’ll definitely be back for 2012!
Andy picked me up and after some rearrangements we were good to go. Thanks for the lift Andy!
Trieu doing some final check ups. Thanks to Trieu I was able to take the photos you see here. I left my batteries at home still charging on the kitchen bench!
Our drive down felt somewhat shorter with the amount of rubbish & jokes that were going through the CB radios.
First meeting point was the Goulburn Bakery.
Oh hello Big Merino!
Trieu and David Ludenia. David is a machine.
Trieu & Kevin filling up their eskies. Andy being Andy.
We arrived and quickly setup our tents. That was my home for 2 nights. Oh and I bought a Spinifex stretcher for $25. 100% worth it. So comfortable!
Our headquarters before everyone else arrived and filled up the empty space you see in front.
In a matter of hours it was nothing like this.
Tents were everywhere. Some setups were really impressive.
The trailers. 3 for toilets and 1 for showers. Half for men and half for the ladies. Yep men had to queue up while the ladies just walked in and out.
Trieu showing off his new bucket hat. Another great investment for camping.
Andy sabotaging Clifton’s Trance.
David admiring Kevin’s Tallboy.
Trieu ensuring the bike is OK for the first lap.
Kevin looking on with his jersey matching bucket hat.
Not sure what happened here but I think Alex was sad after being told off by Jarod.
Alex pointing to where the toilets are. Jarod telling Tim to sit under the tarps.. or not.
The Single Virgins base camp. Machines I tell you. They came 3rd in their category! Well done team.
The queue for helmet check-ups at the registration tent.
Race director speaking at the riders’ briefing. Exciting times as the race was about to start!
A Le Mans-style start was done to separate people across the field for the first lap.
Andy. Andrew who arrived early on Friday to reserve our massive camping spot. Champion! Tim the flag bearer.
Kevin modelling the BMU jersey.
Alex & Clifton. The BMU jerseys made it easy for our first riders to spot us.
Tim waving the flag. The first riders were getting close! Dolphins!
Timmy was first to grab the bike.
Alex cheering Timmy on! Dolphins!
Soon after Trieu came along to grab the bike off Andy.
They all walked away while I was still on the other side divided by a moving wall of runners.
First lap = traffic.
Future mountain bike champion.
The sun was going down and the temperatures started to quickly drop.
I was welcomed with this view when coming back from my 2nd night lap. Beautiful. Good times.
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