Monday, June 19, 2017

Sunday 18th June

The after birthday ride and with Mellonfarmer for a change.  Tinkerbell and Dozer arrived at mine and we headed off by the usual route to Ferrymead Bridge where we hooked up with M/F, The Cook and Phatboy. I led off up St Andrews at a comfortable pace and the others seemed happy with it.  Up up up finally ready for some single track.  Off up John Brittain we went slightly more strung out as we climbed.  The top was cool and as we went around towards the start of Greenwood a bit misty.  Into the track and then Mellonfarmer led off down the new low track.  A first time for me.  This was nice and flowy.  Enjoyed very much and then we climbed the track (the one we came down last week) towards the ruins.  A bit more effort but still a good climb.  Up the 4 wd drive and then into the Mt Pleasant Track towards the aerials.  The rocks were a tad greasy so lotsa dabs and a bit of bike dismounting ensued.  Overall not to bad.  Over the fence and we followed as track to the gates avoiding the rocky slog.  In the mist The Cook went missing.  He had hit a rock and slid off the track.  No injuries.  Down Mt Pleasant which was great.  I had a woopsy and by all accounts others had found some grease also.  Down under the Gondala and after a quick pause into the Castlle Rock climb.  I was very happy with my climb.  A couple of dabs but otherwise sweet.  Down we went Mellonfarmer and Phatboy taking the walking track at the bottom.  Tinkerbell was going to do this but after nearly skidding off he rode with the rest of us.  The front 3 went straight over Witch Hill and stopped at the top of Rapaki.  Finally Phatboy showed up explainging about Mellonfarmers brake issues and also about smacking his derailuer..  Down the side track of Rapaki until Phatboys deraileur fell into hios spokes ripping all and sunder apart. He walked down with Tinkerbell getting his van while us others went to Fava for Cake and coffee until Tinks and Phatty arrived.  Homewards.  Great fun ride apart from the breakages.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Sunday June 11th

Tracks open and a posse met outside mine.  Tinekerbell, Silverfox, Bugs, Dozer and I set off towards Huntsbury after a quick catch up.  1st ride as a group for a while.  1st ride for a while for some.  Just took the normal route at a steady grind all the way up.  I led off over Vernon having to wait for a large Posse heading towards us near the last downhill run.  We then headed over Witch Hill and I took tailend spot here.  I rode some of it well but bloody hesitant on some of it.  No confidence.  That will get better...I hope.  Around the road and into Castle Rock.  Some spots were wet but overall it was not to bad.  Slightly better run for me through here but a little slow.  Regrouped and I had a chat to Nik Singleton.  He was changing all the signs to open.  He suggested avoiding Greenwood which was open but not the best.  We already had a plan.  Around the road and into John Brittan track..  The start was great then it got greasy on the track around the knoll.  Regrouped and then into lower Greenwood.  A couple of dabs but eventually out to the new downhill stretch towards the Pines.  Flowed quite well with a few soggy spots and a couple of slippery spots as Dozer found out.  Then down the track towards Clifton Tce.  Ages since the group has ridden this.  It was in not bad nick.  The track back towards Greenwood and then down Richmond Hill we went.  Dot Com and then the ride home.  As we went around the towpath I hear ppphhhhffftt and my rear tyre went flat.  Jokes about tubeless started but I was on a loaner wheel and it had a tube.  Struggled to get the tyre off but finally back on the bikes and home.  Good to be out.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Saturday 13th May

Its been so long since I last entered a blog.  Many rides have past including The Old Ghost Road.  With me not able to ride with the boyz during the week no-one has been updating me so no blog entries.  Time to get back into it.

Saturday my bike was in the shop and weather reports did not look hopeful.  I had borrowed The Cooks Phatbike to give it a whirl.  He was still recovering from heart operation.  The weather was not bad but we did have early rain and some heavy stuff overnight so was surprised to find that the tracks had been opened.  Phatboy, Dozer and Silverfox all showed up so we trundled up Rapaki.  Lots of people.  I lagged a bit as I was trying to get used to the heavy steering of the bike and the large drag of the tyres.  At the first gate the lads regrouped and I trundled on. We all regrouped by the new track on the left but this was closed.  Phatboy tried to do the little single track along the edge but this was so slippery he came back to the main track.  Trundle trundle up we went.  Quick regroup before I set off over Vernon.  The lads gave me some space before riding on.  Phatboy caught me by the steep hairpins and Dozer soon followed.  Finally got to the road and the beginning of Traverse.  Waited for Silverfox.  The Phatbikes brakes were Phatastically useless with no front stopping power.  I tail ended this time only to learn that I had no traction on the greasy rocks which caused me a few issues.  Got to Vic Park for a regroup.  I headed down K2 track while the lads went down the Rock Garden.  Turns out this was pretty greasy.  I continued on K2 they took Shazzas.  AT the top of Brents Silverfox decided he had enough nerve jungling slipperiness and followed me down K2 for a regroup at Hospital Corner.  The other two came down the normal route but had to get off in spots becuase it was too greasy.  Down we went and after The Fox headed home we other 3 stopped at FAVA for drinks, watched some younglings play rugby before heading home.  Never will I ride a Phatbike again.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Sunday 9th April

Tinks (on his hardtail), Dozer, Pierre (on his new full-sus) and Rubberjaws were all ready to roll outside Rubber's when Mellonfarmer turned up, and Phatboy arrived shortly thereafter. Off round Hanson's Park and up Ramahana.  As soon as they hit the hill Rubbs started getting chest pains and had to slow accordingly.  The rest of the fellas were happy to have a rest while he plodded on, slow and steady.  Then catching him and getting ahead and then waiting while he'd ride on past them at the top of the tarseal, then took a bit to catch him that time reeling him in at the pylons, then onwards and up eventually regrouping at the top. 

Across the road and onto Vernon, good blast around here tho lots of climbers who the crew either had to stop for or off-piste past.  Rubberjawns was feeling gooood at the top of Rapaki, but knew that he'd get the pain again on the next climb, so bailed here.  The rest of the crew continued, with varying degrees of success ranging from total cleanness to a couple of dabs.  On the road, up to Castle, and MF needed a snack.  Then they got into it, MF in the lead, having a great blast down with a good gappage on Phatboy.  MF paused at the first hairpin to see whether he was coming or not, and he showed up and from then on MF could feel him breathing down his neck.  Out onto the road and the crew moseyed around under the gondola and up, Pierre's first time on this section of road since the quakes(!). 

Into the Mt (un)Pleasant singletrack climb, Tinks and Phatboy in the lead, grinding up.  MF was catching up to the hairpin and around then getting gapped again.  Nice break at the top of Pleasant, where Pierre decided he'd backtrack to Bridle Path and head down to meet a mate at the Record Fair.  The remaining 4 headed down Pleasant and had a great blast down through.  A couple of mucky wet spots on the Lyttelton facing section, but all good the rest of the way through the tussocks.  Down to the start of Greenwood and MF led the boys into the new section, weaving back and forth for a start then heading across towards the Richmond Hill pines.  Several very soggy wet bits along this but otherwise all nice rolling.  Then they headed up the other new bit, climbing away towards the original Greenwood entrance.  One very boggy spot just near the top (right before the steepest little pinch).

Onto the road and around to Britten, good blaze down here except for the several quite long soggy sections.  The new blast across the face of the hillside was sweet and the boys enjoyed the new section of trail down to the end.  In particular the last steep rocky bit.  Over the fence, and down onto Longridge, then blast down Mt Pleasant Rd and into Craigieburn and walking the steps and riding the zigs and zags.  Last couple of corners had some sogginess, but the rest of the trail was drier than it ever used to be - drainage work must have worked.  Overgrown by toi toi in places, and one flax stalk got MFer in the chest then Phatboy in the face.  Otherwise and excellent blast down to the bridge, then an even better one from here down, especially the lower section.  Brief regroup before the last straightaway speedfest to the road.

Finally, around the roads, split up at the Ferrymead Bridge, PB and MF taking Humphrey's and Linwood, spinning out the kms home. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Tuesday 29th February

A night of 4 rides.  I went out on my own as Tuesdays are fecked for me as a team rider.  A solid ride up Huntsbury carrying sleeping bag, food items, clothing etc to imitate what I need on the trip, then up Longhurst and down to the end.  I then climbed back up Longhurst which is a steep mother and then right onto Takehe Drive and down Kidson.  Left onto Dyers Pass and up to a left into Westeria Tce, left down Hackthorne and right into MacMillan before heading down Dyers and back to the car.

Meanwhile some of the lads including Bugs, Dozer, Phatboy and Juniour (i think) went up Ct Thomas at separate times, left along the road and then 4wd drive track to Godley track and back towards and down Ct Thomas...while The Cook parked up at the top of Evans rode along the road up the 4wd left to Godley Head and then singletrack to the car...

Meanwhile Mellonfarmer and Macgyver rode Captain Thomas as well, but up a track above Greenwood, up the ridge to the top of Mt Pleasant, back down, and around the two new(ish) ones that start at the Greenwood entrance and end at the Ruins, then back down Greenwood where they caught up with Phatbuoy and JuniorPhatty.  They all rode down The Thomas together..

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sunday 12th february

Went out to the gate as Tinkerbell and Silverfox arrived.  Precisely at 9 we set off and met the Phatboy as we headed into the Park by the Woolston Cut.  We then travelled posse style to the bridge at Ferrymead.  The track along the towpath is getting rather overgrown.  We decided it was already warm and cruised up St Andrews stopping once in the shade for a quick regroup.  Finally arrived at the bottom entrance to John Brittain where I led off.  Hot work all the way stopping in the shade of the trees at the top.  Welcome relief from the sun and a little breeze to help cool off.  We decided to head straight up Broadleaf Lane for the shade.  Topped out at the aerials before taking our own lines down.  The rocks caused some discomfort for my ribs and back but I survived even if it was not the fastest trip down.  Phatboy and Dozer led off down Greenwood.  Everyone had a pretty good run down but it certainly was not my best.  We then rode the road section of Godley until we climbed up the farm track so we could do the fist section in reverse.  Quite a quick run here although I was starting to struggle.  Down Ct Thomas at various speeds with the boys all waiting for me after the tricky climb.  We then finished the down in quick time.  A stop at Dot Com and a discussion on possibilities for this years trip.  Then homeward along the road we headed.  Overall a good ride although it was hot!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Saturday 4th February

Hooked up with Phatboy, The Cook and Dozer on his new Trek and we headed up Rapaki.  Me feeling sore all the way.  Dozer still working out how to ride his machine.loop of Montgomery before the last uphill of Rapaki.  Others did some of the side singletrack while I headed up the smooth track.  Quick regroup before heading over Mt Vernon with me leading.  Another quick regroup before Phatboy led off around the Traverse.  All good until the dipper which really hurt my ribs.  I took the road down to The Kiwi while the others did Thompsons then we headed down Old Dyers for a look before climbing back to the skidder site.  Down Shazzas which hurt so much I rode down K2 while the others did Bridges etc.  Down the track and headed home for an early finish.