Clock’s ticking folks! Get your entries in now so we can work out catering, prizes etc. Entries close on Monday the 25th (we’ll still accept late entries but the price will go up because I’m a bastard etc).
This race will contribute to a member’s total winning points so they can win the new perpetual Cancer Tree Cup at end of the year.
It was awesome weather for a ride on Sunday and Parklands was drying up nicely although there were some reports of puddles on Cancer Tree and a couple puddles along the bottom of Road Rage.
We had about 20 riders so we broke into 2 groups – Nick took the fast lads off in the first group while Toby and Ben took the rest of us for a lovely jaunt through the dryer tracks – we avoided the new stuff as it’s still struggling to dry out.
We went through Rookie Road and then most of Road Rage. We then did the Gumby Loop and then returned via Old Man’s Curse and did the Cabo Creek Climb. We avoided Cancer Tree and shot down to the skills park. Some brave souls attempted the “Zig Zag of Death” (patent pending) and bravely risked their derailleurs and chain-rings to attempt the zigzagged log ride.
We went back to the carpark and a few of the group continued up HoChiHo and then returned and did Jumping Ant. Apparently it was here some extra “fun” was had with Susie toppling down the hill and trying to move a tree with her ribs and Neil going over the handlebars to use his chin to clear sticks from the trail. The good news is they are both OK – Bad news is, there is no video footage of either incident.
That’s right folks – winter is here! So go buy a fat bike with the studded tyres, shove an emergency husky in your camelbak and then practice urinating while wearing 4 layers of clothes OR …you can just not be a big sooky-la-la and harden up because this isn’t Siberia!
However we do delay the ride starts by 30min due to the lack of light and the scientifically proven increase in difficulty of crawling out of bed during winter.
So this weekend’s ride at Ewan Maddock Dam is a 7.30am start but get there 15 minutes early to prepare (and pick on the e-bikes etc).
Michael “I can stud your tyres” Johns Club Secretary
PS: Please note the self-control I showed by not using a “Winter is coming” Game of Thrones reference!
So Sunday’s ride was a particularly eventful one with some rather unique events alongside the regular run-of-the-mill ones like flat tyres and e-bike jokes.
As I headed down Roys Road a long cloud was perfectly placed so it looked like Mt Beerwah was an erupting volcano. Maybe this was an omen to turn around and go back home to bed.
We all gathered at the carpark where Brad opened his car boot offering us free medical paraphernalia like bandages and plasters. But I’m sure if you are in need of a kidney or something then maybe have a quiet word and see what he can do.
We hadn’t even been riding a minute when Wayne’s bike just fell sideways and in a blink of an eye he was skidding along the pavement on his knee. So despite a fat-bike’s massive amounts of traction it was still no match for wet mossy concrete unfortunately. A quick patch-up with our newly sourced medical supplies and we were off again.
We rode alongside Steve Irwin Way towards the Mathew Flinders Rest Area. However just before we got there, someone had mistakenly thought it was a deliciously private area for a romantic night of McDonalds and car bonnet sex. We got a glimpse of the strewn underwear and the early morning backseat erotic contortions as we rode pass. I’m pretty sure I heard a hip joint blow out.
The rest of the 20km ride was filled with smaller less-erotic (i guess?) incidents such as a watch falling off, missing water bottles, busted chain guides, leaking and flat tyres and wonky handlebars. However we did check out some amazing views and try a new cafe so it wasn’t all that bad.
See you next week.
Michael “So that’s why mountain bikers own vans!?” Johns Club Secretary
We are having a race in early July (details being finalised and sent out soon) but some people have asked for a chance to check out the trails before hand. Paul has opened up his trails this Saturday morning so head up to beautiful West Woombye and have a look.