Bay View Blast 7th November 2014
This was the inaugural event run on the trails of Bay View to the East of Brisbane organised by South Brisbane Mountain bike club (aka the rats). The event was extremely well organised and very friendly. There were a couple of versions of the event to choose from ranging from 26km to 78km long. Obviously, I chose the 78km version which would see me going around the 13km course 6 times. I have ridden at Bay View previously but had forgotten how hard it can be and had grossly underestimated the difficulty of the course. I had gone on a 70km social mountain bike ride the day before and had ridden through loads of sand which tired me out more than I was willing to admit.
The crazy 8-hour mountain bike race on the downhill tracks at Toowoomba.
Well, where do I start this race was an adventure in itself!
The race was held at Toowoomba an hour and a half West of Brisbane in Jubilee park which is infamous for rugged, steep trails and a downhill course. The tracks are open to the public year round. The event was run by the local mountain bike club Toowoomba mountain bike club. The event was in its inaugural year and was a brave move for the club. 8 hour or longer races are in short supply and most do not seem to want to/have the time to put on a whole day event. The volunteers were there from 6 am until the last rider (me) was through at 5 pm.
Something different to keep me occupied on a Sunday!
Today I decided to do something a little different.
Well, the day didn't exactly go to plan as I started riding with a few guys on single speeds but well they were way too fast for me and were in a hurry so I opted to abandon the ride.
I then found myself at my very first cyclocross race as it was ladies day it was free to enter! The course was about 2.5km long mainly with lots of flat, bendy riding through about 2 meters wide of tape, then through a small mud bog and a little bit of single track. Oh and for good measure 2 planks which meant you had to get off your bike and jump over as I'm short they were nearly up to my knees.