Silver Mountain Bike Park - is there a better descent in the world?
WOW - Lithium Trail - Teton Pass, Jackson Wyoming
The not so enjoyable part of Mountain Biking in Whistler
Bottom of the World - Surviving Whistler Top to Bottom
Conquering Whistler's Top of the World Trail
Fantasy Enduro - Enduro World Series Fantasy Game
Is the Thredbo AM Trail the best descent in Australia?
MTB Trail Videos - Trail Centre Upgrade Program
VIDEO: The Fourth 365 Days of Reign - My 4th year of Mountain Biking
Pilot Wilderness Ride - Cascade to Pinch - Part 2
Pilot Wilderness Ride - Cascade to Pinch - Part 1
MTB Workout for the Deskbound
Finding Bruce Ridge and Loving It!
VIDEO: Top XC Rides of 2014/2015
VIDEO: 2015 The FAIL Awakens
VIDEO: Nine Days in the Rotorua Redwoods
Exploring all of Sparrow Hill and the East Kowen Forest
VIDEO: 365 Days of Reign - The Third (year of serious mountain biking)
The New Majura Pines and Sparrow Hill Trip
Mountain Biking in the NSW Snowy Mountains
Long term test: Yakima Highroller and Whispbar roof rack
Travelling tips for Mountain Bikers
VIDEO: Giant Anthem 29er vs Giant Reign 26
VIDEO: 2014 FAILS - Will Ride, Will Fail
VIDEO: MTB-TVs TOP 10 Descents of 2014
VIDEO: The Opening of the Alpine Epic Trail - Mt Buller
VIDEO: Wrapping up the Redwoods with a Whak-en Outrageous Ride
VIDEO: Return to the Redwoods Part IV - Eagle vs Shark
VIDEO: Return to the Redwoods Part III - XC Lower Mountain Pedally Days
VIDEO: Return to the Redwoods Part II - Heavily Rooted
VIDEO: Return to the Redwoods Part I - We're Going To The Redwoods
Video: Return to Rotorua ... ok to go!
Video: Return to Rotorua ... definitely maybe!
Video: Return to Rotorua .. maybe?
Cycology - Cycling inspired clothing
Broken Bone on Breakout
Mountain Bike Fail to Triumph in the You Yangs
365 Days of Reign - My 2nd Year on a real mountain bike
Review: the Bionicon C-Guide V2.0
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VIDEO: Rotorua Redwoods - Create Breathing Space
Rotorua - a Mountain Bikerís Journey
Summer Mountain Bike Training at OMV
2013 Another Year of #FAIL
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The Lone Wolf enjoys some group action
Bantry Bay (Northern Beaches, Sydney)
Bruce Ridge (Canberra)
Bungarra Alpine Centre (Snowy Mountains)
Currumbin Border Track (NSW/QLD Border)
Daisy Hill (South Brisbane)
East Kowen (Kowen Pine Forest, Canberra)
Forest Pipeline (Northern Beaches, Sydney)
Fred Caterson Reserve (Castle Hill)
Golden Jubilee Field MTB Park (North Shore, Sydney)
Hassans Walls (Lithgow)
Hinze Dam (Gold Coast)
Jindabyne (Snowy Mountains)
Kiwarrak State Forest (Tarree)
Majura Pines (Majura, Canberra)
Manly Dam (Northern Beaches, Sydney)
Mt Joyce (Gold Coast Hinterland)
Mt Kosciuszko (Snowy Mountains)
Nerang State Forest (Gold Coast)
Old Man's Valley (Hornsby, Sydney)
Ourimbah (Central Coast)
Oxford Falls (Northern Beaches, Sydney)
Pilot Wilderness (Snowy Mountains)
Red Hill (Northern Beaches, Sydney)
Rotorua Redwoods (New Zealand)
Silver Mountain (Kellogg)
Singleton (Hunter Valley)
Sparrow Hill (Kowen Pine Forest, Canberra)
St Ives and Belrose (North Shore, Sydney)
Stromlo Forest Park (Canberra)
Terrey Hills (Northern Beaches, Sydney)
The Oaks (Blue Mountains)
Thredbo Resort (Snowy Mountains)
Thredbo Valley Trail (Snowy Mountains)
Whistler Bike Park (Whistler)
Wingello (Southern Highlands)
Wylde MTB Trail (Cecil Park - Western Sydney)
Video: Return to Rotorua ... definitely maybe!
Thursday, red letter day at Red Hill
I was planning on taking the Reign out for my first ride back on dirt, the theory being that the softer front end and more forgiving tyres would be easier on my recovering broken thumb, but a day earlier Iíd decided to dismantle the bike .. IDIOT!
So when the opportunity arose I had no choice but to take the far more twitchy Anthem, complete with low tredded Crossmarks, no dropper post and SPDís. To put this in perspective this was to be my 3rd ride on SPDs, talk about upping the anxiety levels.
I neednít have worried. A couple of runs from the trail head down to the big open sandy section had me feeling pretty good. Virtually no pain in the hand, I could change up the front gear with a little pain, but other than that there was basically no issue riding.
Saturday, running Wylde.
I had to drop #1Daughter in Parramatta so it seemed like a good opportunity to ride the Wylde MTB Trails for the first time. Iíd been reliably informed by Cycology and @dipposki that it was a great place to start my off-road rehab and they were spot on.
Despite the 33ļC+ temperature I had a great time riding the full 12km loop. Iíll freely admit I was very very nervous being clipped in on dry dusty trails, I crawled over every rock garden with the apprehension of a newbie and was pretty conservative on the dirt berms but as the lap wore on my confidence on the flowy sections increased
The ride ended with a chat with Lawrence from Narrabeen (ha .. I live in an area surrounded by MTB trails but on this day I drove for an hour and met a guy who lives about 10 mins from me) and his mate Tony from Coogee.
Sunday, return to the Wylde West.
I had been planning to ride Ourimbah but Iíd enjoyed Wylde and it was precisely what I needed this close to my trip. I was concerned that some of the steps and ruts at Ourimbah might be too much for my hand and I was keen to push myself a little more around the Wylde berms and take on the rock gardens with a bit more aggression.
And thatís precisely what I did.
But letís not beat around the bush, a lot of what got me moving more freely today was the mounting of my new dropper seat post on the Anthem, something I swore I would never do while riding in Australia. That theory is now out the window because the dropper gave me more opportunity to move around on the bike and that was my ticket to a whole new level of confidence. I found myself far more committed in the corners and I was tearing through the flowy sections like I was back on the Reign riding Stromloís Skyline.
I took a short break at the end of Lap 1 to recharge and by chance ended up chatting to a couple of guys, one of whom turned out to be @dipposki . Ha .. talk about co-incidence.
If you ever see a fat 40 year old wearing glasses, riding a Giant, with a GoPro thereís a good chance itís me .. say hi!
Getting out on Lap 2 was awesome. I did my best to go brake free through all the rock gardens. They really arenít that technical, but it was a case of testing out the strength in my hand and the ability to push through any shots of pain. I was REALLY surprised to have got through all clear.
I was also focusing on railing the corners and riding efficiently (Lap 1 I pushed hard to keep momentum Ė stood up the whole way on Col de Cecil and couldn't do that on Lap 2), but probably most important was retraining my brain to ride when fatigued and that was a challenge! At times I felt far too casual, I will need to retrain myself to switch on if Iím to ride Rotorua safely.
Chances of riding are looking very bloody good, so much so that I spent the afternoon cleaning and packing the Anthem! (BTW both bikes are coming with me)
- Commute at least 3 days or do post work rides in lieu
- Step it up Saturday and Sunday at OMV on the Reign
Trail Centres and Trails featured in this blog
- Old Man's Valley (Hornsby, Sydney, NSW)
- Ourimbah (Central Coast, NSW)
- Red Hill (Northern Beaches, Sydney, NSW)
- Stromlo Forest Park (Canberra, ACT)