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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)
Reflecting on the weekends achievements
At the moment I'm lying in bed dosed up on Valium trying to overcome an injury that saw me misalign my sacroiliac joint (where the pelvis meets the spine). Sadly not an injury sustained on the trail but while opening the door to the office!! It has given me time to reflect on the weekend riding achievements.
I'm not a Strava junkie however I use it every time I ride to monitor my progress. I'm a relative noob to the sport so it's exciting to see the minutes coming off as I get better and fitter.
On Saturday I rode Manly Dam with a work mate who is a very fit bloke. While my 6" travel - All Mountain bike had him well and truly covered on the descents and technical sections on the flat it only took him a few cranks to be off in the distance. I knocked a good 20 minutes off my lap time by halving the number of breaks and also took a few minutes off my ride time. That was exciting, however the only PR I set on Strava was on the road climb on the southern side, everything else was 3rd best. That was a little frustrating.
On Sunday I met up with a former colleague to ride Ourimbah for only my 2nd time. Not only has this guy been a MTB tragic for many many years this was his home track. He and his mate had already done a lightening fast loop before I got there not that it appeared to make any difference. I had however given them full warning there would be a LOT of stopping on my loop.
Despite feeling like a total nuffy compared to these guys I was very happy with my progress. Around the whole trail my speed was well up, thanks to the fitness and confidence gained riding in the Snowy Mountains for a week.
I almost did the drop on Jurassic but after going over the ladder bridge I borked at the top and decided to chicken out. I got through Burnt Forest with only 1 or 2 foot downs (massive improvement) and rode the berm. I even got seriously close to making it up Jelly Leg.
The rocky bit on Rollercoaster is my bread and butter so it was great to let fly over the ladder bridge and through that section without hesitation. I then got up Red Belly Rock without putting a foot down, in fact I think I got all the way to the Dipper without dropping a foot .. and rode the Dipper for the first time. Meadows .. well that defeated me before I even got there!
The final exciting moment was to get through Browns with only one foot down, the second last left-hand switchback - damn it .. I'm not so great going left. I was however pretty stoked, no .. totally ecstatic to get up the right turn and subsequent climb of Heartbreak Hill.
When I checked Strava it was 45 minutes off my lap time and a good 8 minutes off my riding time with a PR on every section.
That had me smiling all the way down the F3.
Not a Strava junkie but ... my 3rd (and unofficial 1st) on the Mt Kosciuszko Summit Trail had me foaming!!
Trail Centres and Trails featured in this blog
- Bungarra Alpine Centre (Snowy Mountains, NSW)
- Manly Dam (Northern Beaches, Sydney, NSW)
- Ourimbah (Central Coast, NSW)