Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Race 4 was the 8 hour - billed as the Qld Enduro Championship. Coming off some serious illness and a week of hard training, too much work and other turmoils, I hit out at the University crit the day before to set my expectations for the next day - would it be a race or a ride? Legs were turning fine, though the bunch was not thumping it too hard. In the final laps I ramped it up and bit, and after 6 weeks of sickness wasn't sure what would happen. My lungs worked, my legs responded and I managed to ride up through the bunch in the straight - it boded well for the next day. The race was on.
Driving out to OHV we watched the temperatures plummet to a chilly 2'c and there was frost on the ground when we set up. Arrgh! Bring back summer! OHV is always a tough track. It favours those with good technical skills and I wouldn't say it suits me. OHV has dealt me some serious pain in the past, including a concussion. I love these days that I can say I rolled it clean, with no crashes and riding everything the course offered. I know I am not the quickest through there yet, a Willett on my tail through Rock Bottom reminded me of that - but I do love that I don't need to be scared of getting hurt anymore.
|OHV Rock Garden on 007|
The start was fun, going from 6 abreast to single file immediately - log jam! I didn't repeat the 4 hour and kept the weasels off my bars so that was a bonus. Riding across the billabong was a nice touch (Hayden!), and ended up (for me) an unrideable wheel locking swampfest by mid race. I guess it just wouldnt be right after the season we have had, not to have SOME mud! I hear while I was riding there were more than one or two mishaps for all those in transition to enjoy! Go Captain Cracker!
|Captain Cracker loses it in the Billabong (photo by Tailwind)|
I went with no support and it probably cost me a little time, but in the end a few people showed and started to let me know times and pass bottles for the second half of the race. Thanks Robbie & TR-Frank! I actually managed the whole 8 hours on eLoad and eLoad gels so self feeding wasn't too bad.
|Happy Gilmore always brings a smile to my face (photo by Morbo)|
I really enjoyed the ride, and spent 95% of it rolling without company just enjoying myself. Still managed to make a friend through putting a face to a name - Mr.Hubcap yes, I am talking about you. Hope the leg is ok!
|Koiled Cruising (photo by Morbo)|
Emma showed her style, by running in a chain mechanical and proceeding to calmly get back to the business of lapping her way back to third. Well done, many a rider would have thrown in the towel. Kylie rode another strong race to finish in 2nd, and ripped a couple of fast laps in the middle that made me change gears.
|007 is fast and fun (photo by Alan Uthmann)|
|Solo Podium - Kylie, Rach and Emma|
Great to see strong rides from Bekkers and Westwood. A top day on the trails with the Uni Gang, and Koiled team mates. Thanks to Shan for all the wrenching, Tallboy was faultless as per usual and my new middleburn cranks are the business!
Catch you at the presentation night for a few cold ones and some quality tall tales as we relive the highlights!