Whaka 2014 100 km
Hmm, where do I start - maybe with the appalling race preparation leading up the 100km race? In the week before the 100km mountain bike race, around the trails in Rotorua, a group of friends and myself had way too much fun playing on the trails. In the space of a week, we had clocked up 350+ km with an awful lot of climbing and single track than you could possibly imagine. This resulted in our group starting the race on weary legs with one of the madder guys riding every day including the race on a single speed bike (apparently he can't afford more than 1 gear poor thing).
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.