Friday, November 30, 2007

The gorilla

Ok people it has arrived...... Mt beautiful 29er from the big S. The shop called me on Monday arvo and I was down there as fast as jack rabbit. I was excited to say the least. It is a fantstic looking machine and once I had all the SRAM and shimano drive train off and put the single speed stuff on I was fuckn wrapped and pumped for a pedal. The frame is M5 tubing and finished in a matt black and blue paint (goes well with the blue White Industries chain ring). The bike is a monster on the trail, it handles the windy single track well and rolls over everything I have thrown at it so far. The test will be this weekend at the KONA 24.
So today is pack up and drive day to forest for the KONA.....should be a blast. Pitty one of our team members is unable to attend ( I promise we will have heaps of fun for you and remind you every chance we get!!!). Will post upon returning with lots of photos.

The build
Stumpjumper 08 29er
Reba SL for with remote lockout
White Industries ENO SS Crank
Chris King Cogs and spacer kit
Shimano hubs laced to DT rims (factory)
Izumi chain
King Cages

Big thanx to Le Tour for the assistance in getting the bike sorted!!

Saturday, November 24, 2007


Well I have been on nights for the last 3 weeks....over them completely. Combine nights with some extemes of weather (stinking hot 30's one day.....pissing rain the next) and my trashed knee, I havent managed to get out on the bike all week. Hooked up with Ritchie E for a trip up them far hills. Thank god he was on hid first week back from a month of layoff..... he was gentle on me! Boy I was feeling it today up the 1:20 climb. Had a nice coffee at the top and a conversation covering all the things that are wrong in our worlds.... a most enjoyable day...thanx Ritchie

oh 7 days till we are kicking it at the KONA 24hr...cant wait and I have got everything crosssed for the arrical of the Stumpy 29er before I head to the race.

Monday, November 19, 2007

single speed cross worlds

As if cyclocross aint crazy enough.....Combine beer waffles, mud, cyclocross and singlespeeders and you get mayhem and bloody funny photo's. Barry Wicks of KONA bikes won the event and shared the podium with Treebon and Craig. Looks like alot of fun was had!

All I can say is nice gold budgie smugglers!

Friday, November 16, 2007

wrong...way way wrong

there are some things that are bad enough to see in person but really do we need to see it in a photograph!!!

trail rash

mmmm got to love this fine weather we are having here in melburn at the moment. Nothing but clear skies, warm sun and little wind, makes perfect time for riding a bike. Decided today after a decent sleep in and a big breaky that I would head out on the dirt for a couple of hours and work on the tan. Drove out to lysterfeild, parked the car and jumped straight into the trail head. Got about 30 seconds from the car into the newly cut trails and dropped myself on a non technical switchback. Fuck me it hurt, took all the impact on my left knee. Kept going but the further I rode the more it stung. So after an hour I called it a day and headed home!!
Got to love the fun of cleaning out the wounds in the shower!!!!!
Good news at hand that my 29er might be here before the Kona 24hr. I am happy it is almost here. I was getting over the revised delivery dates from Specialized. The other great news is I am going to get reaquainted with the white stuff in the northern hemisphere early next year including one loppett race in Canada.....cant wait.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

mmmm....thats goin hurt

nothin like a topple on the track and the picking out of splinters in the aftermarth!!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

road trip

Headed on a road trip with Mister Sister and NZ Gav to Forest, the site of the up comimg Kona 24hr. Located in the Otways a couple of hrs drive from Melburn. Greeted by fantastic weather we set off early (managed to get a cup of morning wake up from Shano at thresa's and rub it in that we were off for some fun) to avoid the traffic and get a good amount of riding done. Never been before so we were not sure what to expect.
We were welcomed with some fantastic trails through open gum forrest, pockets of grass trees and tea tree lined single track. The area had some residual water from the soaking Victoria copped last weekend so keeping clean was not a option with many a water crossing and some muddy single track. The trails are primarly sandy loam with heaps of testing log rides in places, drop offs and berms. Some nasty hills were encounted (I ride single speed) but sweet single track over came the frustration of having to hump the rig a few times. The builders off this course love sending you between some tight V forked trees in places which increasingly became frustrating.
Managed a decent 3hr ride and am now feeling the days efforts after some quiet ales. So if you want some where new to ride check out this gem. Plenty of trail to keep you occupied!

credit for this photo to Mister time get my head in the shot!!!!

NZ Gav found us a unhappy local (blue tounge lizard) who was pissed at us disturbing his lunchtime cesta. Trust me he looks mellow in the shot but he wanted a taste of any human finger!!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

cyclocross is back!

Ok I am a fan of all things bike related. Cross is one of those crazy things that us as Australians do not get to see or do. Bring on cyclocross in Australia I say!!!!

stolen from cyclingnews

Saturday, November 3, 2007

thankgod for days off

Had a good week this week. Celebrated the birthday and managed to do so in a low key style. Headed out on the mountain bike heaps with 3 sessions at Lysterfeild including on dusk ride that was heaps of fun bar the back burning in the Churchill National park next door that required me to drive right around the other side of the park and then hump it in 5 kms before getting to the trail network. I was amazed at the amount of punters I saw out there at dusk!
Even got out to there yesterday with NZ Gav and Mister Sista for a burn around. Had some fun including some little falls that were funny. Good to see Gav back on the bike after his wrestle with a car last week!
The end of the week was spoilt at work by some white trash cock threatening me with physical harm cause of his shithouse situation ... needed the cops and the big guns at work to sort him out.... dont enjoy this part of intensive care nursing and definately dont get paid enough to take bull shit verbal assault or threats of physical assault from agro relatives.
Caught up with the Cartlon Crew today and headed down the beach and hooked up the the Hell Ride at Black Rock. Was hoping for a little gentle trip back to the city but the boys had other ideas and it was fuckn warp speed the whole way back to St Kilda......gave it a bit of a nudge and had some fun!

Shano even showed me his new bike and riding style!!!

Oh and Movember has started so if you want to sponser me let me know. The mo is starting to came together.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

ready, set, mo

Ok chops have been sorted out and the face cleanly shaven for movember. A few of the lads at work have combined for this little event. It will be interesting!! All ready missing the chops but thats ok cause they will be back in a few weeks.