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Updates have been a bit slow as we’re beavering in the background committing grant funds and organising the end of year event so I thought I’d fill the gap with a boring IT update (shoosh Michael).
Recently Microsoft offered to give us an annual credit to use with their Azure Cloud Service. Since December 2015 we have been hosting our website on Google Compute Engine and while I really like the way they do things it does come at a cost.
So earlier this week I set up Microsoft Azure Sponsorship subscription and proceeded to run my usual suite of tests to flesh out the new environment and to ensure all the bells and whistles worked. Having used Azure for work made things easier but different subscriptions can mean different features.
Once happy that the new digs were behaving predictably I spun up a fresh virtual machine that is 10 times the size/power of the old one in the South East Australia datacentre that was opened at this time in 2014. Then I transferred the website content over, ran the acceptance tests, and wrote the as-built with a bonus howto.
All while sitting on the couch watching Rick and Morty episodes on Netflix.
Hopefully all that has resulted in a better performing website for you guys. If anything we’re saving money to use for other things. Now back over to Mountain Bike things.
So last Wednesday’s night ride was a particularly adventurous one that was filled with an amazing sunset, a heap of mosquitos and unfortunately a call to the ambulance.
Almost ride off time!
At 7pm we had 8 riders ready to ride at the Ferny Forest carpark (across the road from the Big Kart track on Steve Irwin way). In the future we will probably start the ride up towards the real estate agent carpark where the nearby street lights make things easier. The mozzies were bad but a bit of repellant helped and once you got moving it was fine.
We rode at a brisk pace trying to get warmed up but of course we had to stop on the shore of the dam to get some pics of the sunset as it was pretty spectacular that night.
So riding at night obviously adds another layer of complexity to the already risky sport that is Mountain biking. Relying on lights limits the distance you can see ahead so this reduces the time you have to react to upcoming obstacles. So there are things you can do like making sure your lights are bright enough, run a helmet light as well as a bar light and to simply slow down. But when its a trail that you ride often it’s very easy to get cocky and to fall into the trap where you try to maintain a speed that you usually ride at, which is actually a bit too fast in a lot of situations.
Green Whistle of Pain Bye-Bye is good stuff!
There were a few minor scrapes against trees and a couple of handlebars got snagged by nearby saplings but they were a sign of something bigger to come. One rider came around a corner, hit a root in the middle of trail which knocked him off line and into a gumtree resulting in serious arm/shoulder injuries. The ambulance was called immediately but still took 90 minutes to get to us due to our remote location and them having to go back to the station to get the keys to the gates. This time was well spent with us making the poor patient laugh and also calling dibs on parts on his bike if he didn’t make it.
The paramedics hiked out to us and did their thing well and we were all able to slowly walk back out to the ambulance. The patient then got some cool drugs and an ambulance ride to a 6-hour wait in Caloundra Hospital for X-rays. He is up on his feet and ended up with a broken scapula and torn rotator cuff and it still hurts to laugh, sleep, breath, eat, exist etc but he is in good spirits and he wants to thank everyone who came that night for their help, the laughs and for an otherwise cracker of a ride.
I’d also like to thank the QAS and all the guys who were there that night. Everyone helped out and a stressful event was handled easily. The club is also making a few changes to make it even easier if this ever happens again.
But seriously though, MTB riding can be risky and an accident like this could’ve been a lot worse. You are the best judge of what you can do so feel free to slow down, assess the risk (and consequence) and don’t do anything you are not comfortable doing. One of the good things I’ve noticed about our club is that no one makes you feel bad about choosing not to do an obstacle or tricky trail and that’s pretty bloody awesome.
Michael “I got dibs on the pedals” Johns
The awesome Sunshine Coast Council Community Grants program has just approved a $20000 grant for us which will be for the new beginner/skills trail at Parklands.
But don’t crack open the bubbly yet as it’s conditional on us getting the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing’s “Get Playing Places and Spaces Program” grant. That grant is for a cool $100,000 and our application is currently being assessed and the winners will be announced later this year. Here’s hoping that we get the big one because $120k will make 2017 a very big year for Parklands and mountain biking on the coast.