Another ride with an early start for me. Headed out and around Hansens Park to Ramahana Road where I met VJ my old flatmate. She was keen to ride and we headed up at a steady pace. Slower than the lads would go but that was why we started early. We made the summit and waited for the others. 20 minutes it was before they arrived which means I do not need to start out quite so early. Maybe 15 minutes would be enough. The posse included Mloonfarmer and Paul, Dozer, Tinkerbell and The Cook. We set out around the Traverse with me holding back to keep an eye on VJ. She did ok and so I let her in front at the halfway point which saw me get to see her go over the handle bars. She recovered and off we went. Regrouped and then into Thompsons and then onto the start of Choirboy. Nice flowing run down here with VJ going faster than expected. Regrouped and then some went via Captain Cook to the start of the tracks. Half went via Shredzilla while the other half went via Loees Rider. Nice run and I was feeling good. Regrouped at the bottom before heading up the lift. Came down Lord of the Possums before splitting off into 2 groups. Some did Double Overhead Cam while others did Handle the Jandal. Nice!!! At the bottom VJ was excited and beaming. Went for a 2nd uplift but Mellonfarmer and Paul headed home. This time VJ followed me down Yeah Yeah Nah, Loerd of Possums and then Snakeobs etc while the others did Swinger party and DOC again. Nice run again then drinks and food before heading home along the river etc with people dropping off as we went.
Monday, November 12, 2018
Set off early to keep ahead of the lads on the uphill. I grunted up Rapaki (1st time on the full climb for quite some time) and it was a slow steady grunt. I then headed around the road to the start of the Traverse. Thought I saw the lads coming up the Rapaki but obviously mistaken. I sat looking over the city for about 15-20 minutes before they showed up. The posse was Tinkerbell, Bugs and Dozer. Phatboy showed a couple of minutes later as he was running late. They had a breather before heading around the Traverse. Nice run around here. Me off the pace on any climbs. Enjoyed all the downs and swoopy bits though. Regrouped at Vic Park before dropping down Thompsons. Nice. I decided to bypass the 2nd section which was a great idea as there were walkers creating a bottleneck and everyone and to stop. FDrom here we headed over to the start of Choirboy where there was a clusterfuck of riders waiting to head down for some reason. We took the lead (me tailender) and had a great run down here. Felt good. Into the park with us all taking Loees Rider. A few other users on the track but nice flow down here. Up the lift and down Yeah Yeah Nah, into Lord of the Posums. Nearly got shunted off the track by a tourist who went to let me pass then paniced and closed the gap. Regrouped before Phatboy headed dfown Double Overhead Cam while the rest of us dropped into lower Duncans Donuts to get into Snakeobs which throws you out onto Non Compliant. Stopped for a drink before doing the long drag home. Bit of a head wind for everyone.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
I thought I should put something down on the blog. I drove out to sumner while Dozer, The Cook and Tinkerbell met at Bugs and the 4 of them rode from there. I parked up outside Dot Com and headed off towards Ct Thomas. Grunted my way up there with quite a few dabs on the steep stuff. I went out the walking track at the top as I was totally stuffed. Watched the guys as they rode up. From here they started the Godley head track while I rode the road with the intention of meeting them at the top of Anaconda. I noticed they had put in a cattlestop at the farmtrack that joins up with the track so grunted up here in time to hook up with the lads. From here I followed them all the way to the Anaconda. They headed on towards Godley while I dropped down at a relaxed pace. Headed over Scarborough at a leisurely pace and got my orders in at Dot Com before the lads arrived. I drove home while they slogged into the wind all the way home.
Monday, September 24, 2018
Headed off by myself towards the Halswell Quarry planting. The normal route down Ford Road, across the river down the alley past New World and as I got to Buxton St the phone went. McGyver was at my place so we agreed that I would meet him at New World. Did that and we were off again through the park around the river and stopped at Tinkerbell and The Little Bumblebee on her new bike. We then cruised off to Halswell and rode up the road to the Start of the Crocidile. The Bumblebee encouraged us to head up The Low Road which we did. Then we came down and dropped into Crocidle and Murphs before hitting the planting site. Great run down the hill. Amazing how many new little tracks appearing here. Tinks and Bumblebee headed home early so McGyver and I headed home. Head wind and me struggling with no energy left. Had to stop along the way but we made it...or should I say I made it. McGyver very supportive and patient. Good ride in the end.
Monday, September 17, 2018
Phatboy, Dozer, Bugs and The Cook met at mine and we did a flat ride over to the MTB park. Was a bit strange riding in that direction for a change. We hooked up with Tinkerbell and then got the chairlift up. Sun was shining and the air was warm. Great day for being alive. We all took Lord of the Possums. I was taleending until the Cook punctured. Stopped and checked he was ok...all good so continued down. We regrouped at the landing and waited and waited. Phatboy rung the Cook. Decided we would go on down and then hook up later. They all went down Double overhead Cam while I took the easy line. I then found the new technical green track which was fun and we regrouped at the bottom. No Cook yet so we headed up. Came down Yeah Yeah Nah and then onto the Possums. Found the Cook at the landing. Another punture. We waited while that got sorted then they went down the Cam except for Tinkerbell who joined me. Stopped for food at the bottom. Phatboy hit the road then Tinerbell and I rode out while the others got a lift up and came down Old skool. Good ride for me.
I drove up to Upper Major Hornbrook and parked up. Got on my bike and did a small loop near the bottom while I waited for the lads to ride up. Big possee of Dozer, Mellonfarmer, McGyver, The Cook, Tinkerbell and Phatboy. I led up the hill, gasping all the time and then let them lead around the top of John Brittain before crossing the road and heading up over Mt Pleasant. That was a tough climb and I had to walk about 100 metres of it. Finally at the top and then it was down hill. Loved it. Felt alive. We had a regroup above the ruins. The lads headed down Greenwood for their thing and I headed down the single track to the pines before climbing out the old way and dropping down Brittain again. Nicew wee loop for me.
Monday, September 3, 2018
Decided it was time to test myself on a hill. I got dropped off at the top of the tarmac on Huntsbury where i played while I waited for The Cook and Mellonfarmer to ride up. From here it was a steady grind up to the top. It was tougher than I hoped but I made it to the top. From here it was around the Traverse at a steady pace. Nowhere near as fast as usual for me and then we dropped down to the skidder site. The boys went via the rockgarden and gums while I took the easy route down. Now we have to go down the road to the park as the other roue has been closed to riders which is dum. It puts more riders on the road. Anyhow we head down and entered the park through Captain Cook, which was greasy as. I dabbed in one spot and then as it joins the main track it was a grease pit and I nearly came off. Mellonfarmer headed down shredzilla while the Cook led of down Loess ride. The top section was pretty greasy in spots but dried out as you went further down. Mellonfarmer was off the bike on his journey in one spot cos it was greasy as. We all made it down where we went and had a drink and some food. From here it was the usual route homewards for us. Felt good to be out but gosh I was stuffed.