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Fat boy and his struggles with the lounge.

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I had a knee injury that left sitting me on the lounge for 3 months eating all the yummy foods. I gained a lot of weight from eating all day and doing nothing. 3 months later my knee was getting better but it was weak and I was fat or as the people who are in denial like to say, big boned. I needed to do something, So I got on gum tree an got a bike. I started to ride in the bush land near my home and was falling in love with riding fast. I worked out real fast that my down hill bike of gum tree looked sick but sucked for riding any were other then down a hill.

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My first "real "race.

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So,

I got on a bike 4 months ago knowing nothing of the sport or anyone in my group of friends and acquaintances who rides. I basically wanted to drop kegs and get fit and was very quickly surprised how much I thoroughly enjoy getting out for a ride when work and family allowed it.

My inner competitive streak was tweaked when I realised how much racing has a part to play in all this, and so I had been looking for a pathway into racing that wasn't going to flog me, whilst still allowing me an opportunity to get a taste of racing.

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Uphill good, downhill bad.

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Being a smaller race with a couple of big climbs, I figured this race might be my chance to get somewhere near the podium - something I've never done. I looked up last year's results and the winning time for my age group was about 2:20. So I had my target - to be under 2:30, and as close as possible to 2:20.

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Mild Start, Wild Finish!

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Mild Start, Wild Finish!

Some races have been just a matter of an individuals having good bike handling, pacing and fitness in order to do well. Others have had the whereabouts of other riders - being able to work with and against them - as the critical factor to what determines who stands on the podium at the the end.
The WWR was the latter.

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Todays Club DOWNHILL CANCELLED Sunday 17.08.14

TODAYS
HMBA DH CLUB ROUND HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
Heavy rain overnight and still light rain at the track at the moment
see if we can reschedule an other Sunday..

httdp://www.rotorburn.com/forums/showthread.php?283072-TODAYS-CLUB-DH-CANCELLED-Sunday-17-08-14&p=2857896#post2857896

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Singletrack Mind Round 3 Awaba - Solo Open 4 hour

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The Chocolate Foot events are always a lot of fun, good atmosphere, good people and excellently organised and supported. Round 3 of the 2014 Singletrack Mind series took place at Awaba, a trail that I’ve raced a couple of times as part of a team of 3, however this year I was riding the Open Solo Men’s for the SXC Racing team, a solo effort for the first time!

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A new level of fatigue!

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A NEW LEVEL OF FATIGUE!

Ever since I discovered that there was an Under 23 category for 24 hour racing, I had contemplated having a go at one. Although the most I'd done in previous races was 100km events, I have done 12 and 24h rogaines (on-foot navigation competitions), so I had hoped that I'd be able to merge my cycling ability with my long-term endurance. To put things mildly though, a 24h (solo) on the bike is a a big step up from a marathon, so before I did one of them, I needed an intermediate type of event that would get me a feel for what this type of riding would be like.

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The dreaded lurgy strikes

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Was really looking forward to this, my first real race, having built up some fitness and skills over the last 18 months. Unfortunately 'he who never gets sick' started feeling lethargic and sore in the days leading up to ANZAC day - an ominous sign.

We arrived at James Estate Winery just after lunchtime on Friday. What a stunning place for a winery let alone a MTB race - surrounded by the rock escarpments of nearby national parks.

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Kid Free Weekend in the Vineyards!

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This event was an opportunity for us to leave the kids behind after spending 2 full weeks of school holidays with them and spend a weekend away with some friends. After entering the race we booked our Hunter Valley accommodation in the vineyards. On the way up on Friday I get a text from Gordo "mate, we are staying 2 hours from the event". WTF! A quick check of the event details and duh! James Estate is a loooong way from the wine region we are used to visiting...

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4 hours at a winery...

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I decided to do this at the last minute. Had been toying with the idea of going down to Victoria to do the Giant Odyssey and rack up a few more Maverick Series points, but a bit of work, family stuff and imminent travel pushed it into the too-hard basket.

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