Why it is a bad idea to fall on rocks - 3 plus 3 Hidden Vale
2 weeks ago I commenced riding in an endurance mountain bike race which consisted off racing 3 hours on a Saturday afternoon and 3 hours on a Sunday morning. It was west of Ipswich at a place called Old Hidden Vale. It was dry, rough, sandy in places and very rocky.
I got off to a brilliant start and had about 50 people in front and about 200 people behind me. I was riding with another female who I have become friends with. She overtook me and I decided to try and stay with her. I got through the technical sections but then missed my line crossing over a creek. I desperately tried to correct and take speed off - I hit one big rock and must have embedded my front wheel behind it as the bike threw me off to the right and I went straight over the handlebars and ended up wedged on a rock.
Port to Port mountain race 2014
A few weeks ago I decided to enter a 4-day stage race through Newcastle NSW and the Hunter Valley. It would be covering approximately 200km over 4 days so not overly taxing stages and I believed it would be well within my fitness and skill level. I would also be staying with friends so would have a comfortable bed and home cooked meals to refuel me for the next day.
Previously, last May I completed a 7 stage 5 day mountain bike race in Alice Springs and whilst I had fun and learned a lot I also was not far off the last place - I was very slow compared to rest of the field. This year I decided to go somewhere different and cheaper.