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Just right

March 10, 2013 — Leave a comment

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I can’t rightly remember how many Monts I’ve done as a part of Writers Cramp (ironic, isn’t it, that because of the automated entry system a team made up of journos isn’t able to use apostrophes in its team name?). I’m going to say this is our fifth go-round, though it could be our sixth.

And in a novel twist that I’m sure my teammates will appreciate, I’ve actually been training. Properly (almost). Eating right (most of the time). Prepping my gear. I’ve even pre-raced the lap distance a couple of times.

At 20km long, it’s a damn big lap, too. I’d be feeling pretty sick now, with 14 days to go, if I’d be fooling myself that a couple of spins sessions and a few less banana-walnut muffins constituted my training regimen. As, erm, it did on previous occasions.

My hit-out today around Wingello for the Willo Enduro revealed a couple of things – my climbing is still abysmal, but I’m recovering more quickly. What’s more, a rash of trail riding has given me back some of the visceral joy of bike riding. Honestly, if my grin was any wider whipping through the undergrowth today, or on the sweet, sweet trails of Tathra (pictured below) last week, my face would literally fall off.

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My bike, too, in what will most likely be its last event with me, is in perfect form. I’ve made the decision to go with a new-age Turner Burner, but the Blur XC Carbon isn’t going far; my good mate Nigel has bought it to upgrade from his old bike – a Santa Cruz Blur alloy that he bought from me…

It’s been a great bike, and I’m going to miss it a little bit. Nige says I can borrow it any time, though…

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Another new bike…

February 20, 2013 — Leave a comment

Shh. Enough from the cheap seats. I’m selling my beloved Santa Cruz Blur XCc to fund the latest project, so it’s not like it’s excessive consumption or anything…

A Burner, yesterday.

A Burner, yesterday.

There have been a couple of Turners in the shed over the years, but I’d never really found peace with either of them. This, though… this is the sweet spot. A bit more travel (140mm), but not too much. Bigger wheels (650b), but not too big. Nice build (XT/XTR/Fox/Stans), but not too nuts. Lightish, but not fragile.

I’ve splurged on a Kashima shock and a 34 fork, but I reckon I’ll get away with about a $500 changeover. It’ll cope with my level of XC/enduro racing, it’ll keep up with my AM mates downhill and I won’t run into myself on the trailhead every day.

And the finish? Raw alloy. Looks insane on the interwebs, and it’s high time I moved away from convention.

Estimated time of arrival? April. Maybe. If I’m lucky. I’ve been waiting for a year already, though, so I’m not too fussed. More as it happens…

 

Finally!

February 19, 2013 — Leave a comment

AMB’s November 2012 cover, ruined.

 

Can’t believe I forgot to post this… My first, my only cover of AMB. 22 years in the making. Didn’t really realise how much it actually meant to me until I saw it on a newsstand…