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Race Report Round 5 Vic Enduro 6 Hour

Racing kicked off at 9am, one hour early for the Upper Beaconsfield round on the shortest day of the year. After much persuasion, Mark finally decided to join Dion and myself (Sav) on a flying 3 team. Whoo hoo.

“The course was a little damp on the warm up lap, but after a few hundred riders had been over it conditions were perfect.Mark had put his hand up for first lap honors and was not getting any resistance from Dion or me. He came out of the blocks with a flyer that put us in a good position on a course that had a lot of work since last year’s race, with virtually no fire road and maybe just a tad more climbing than I cared to remember.

The day was running very smoothly with Mark and Dion putting in good times with a bit of style and flare (see video footage) until the end of lap six when Dion came into transition and Mark was no where to be seen.

I ran back to camp and grabbed my ride and headed to the track, still feeling a bit secondhand from my last lap.

When I got back to transition our lead had slipped back to twenty seconds. Things were a little tight, but with another strong effort by the lads, it was extending once again. All was back on track until Dion’s pedal broke, as luck would have it right beside where we were set up. The next two minutes were too funny, with a pedal being ripped off one bike. Dion’s broken pedal was not coming off his bike. Mark’s bike being grabbed it now only having one peddle and so on. I’m sure you get the picture. All this while our newly extended lead was evaporating. There was a whole lot of  “Quick grab that one”, “What if we?”, “The other one”, “Where is that thingy!”.

The last two laps were hard work, good fun racing with maybe the occasional look over one’s shoulder. We ended up about three minutes ahead of 2nd place. Unfortunately, my dream of winning a flashing light was not realized. But there is always next time.

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The weather was perfect for the second instalment of the CTS mountain bike series. There were around 400 riders in this particular race and I was one of the crazy ones who signed up to do it solo.We positioned ourselves towards the end of the bunch to start the race. Consequently, there was some congestion heading onto the first bit of single track. It was quite amusing to see everyone jump off their bikes and take them for a walk when the race had barely begun. Once the riders were spread out the trails were a lot of fun to ride.

The track was perfect and the company of fellow mountain bikers wasn’t too bad either.After conquering the massive hill towards the end of the first lap, the rest of the course was nice and easy and mostly downhill. This was very deceiving as I continued to finish laps feeling refreshed and then would decide immediately that I could do another. By the time I reached my fifth and final lap, I was feeling very wobbly and my bike seemed to have a mind of its own.

Ali and Scott were a wonderful support crew and spent the whole day fetching water bottles and food and giving lots of encouragement to all of the riders. All in all, it was a fantastic day and I would ride solo again in a heartbeat. Who is with me for round three?…

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The first two rounds of the friday night races at the You Yangs have taken place. This was my first opportunity to put the new light to the test – The Photon Max Extreme, and it is good times – super bright.

Both weeks the race has been down on the flat side of the You Yangs, Kuurajong area. This is an awesome place to race at night. Not too many hills and lots of winding in and out of the trees on about 90% single track.  At the end of the 14km loop, both weeks, we’ve had a massive sprint to the finish between three of us and i have been able to pip them at the post for the wins in A grade.  There are another 4 rounds of the night races to go. Hope to see you there.…

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After two years of continually being asked we have finally decided to let gravity take over! DH gear has landed!

To celebrate we are giving away two Fox launch suits. Everybody who purchases any DH product from MM in Sep or Oct will go into the draw. One to win each month!

Not only will you be able to find all your usual DH parts and accessories at My Mountain but you will find some awesome DH rigs from Commencal, Trek, and Turner……….Yes you heard right, Turner.

We are pretty excited to announce a bit of a brand shake up at MMHQ. As we wave some brands goodbye for one reason or another we welcome two new brands that we feel represent awesome quality,ride and value for money. Commencal & Turner.

Commencal although relatively new to Australia have been receiving huge accolades for their suspension bikes for several years overseas. Born from the DH Commencal bikes are known for their plush compliant feel and represent amazing value for money.

And if that isn’t enough to jump up and yell “ye haw” about we are even more excited about being Victoria’s only Turner dealer. Hand made in the US Turner are know for uncompromising quality. With frames such as the Turner Flux, 5-Spot and Sultan starting  from $3500 we are able to roll out full custom builds from $6,500. We are pretty excited about this brand. Turner bikes represent beautiful boutique appeal with enviable performance without the crazy price tag!…

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I’m pretty green to the mtb, and so it’s only fitting that I sport the My Mountain Jersey….. fear they not of loosing reputation, for they skill us well J

With a handful of rides under my belt, I decide its time for a CTS. Sadly this decision is not based on self-belief, but more from the description of the day….”Its like a bush doof doof ….. but its during the day…..and…..there are no pretty lights…..and not so many drugs…. and there is no dance floor … but there are lots of happy people!”

“Cool, I’m in” I say.

With this in mind therefore the misty morning full of haze and blurry eyes typically signifies the end of the event, so I had to do a Michael Jackson slide and swirl to re-arrange my thinking and although the tunes were faint, they were there and so were the happy people, coming out of the bush, bags and bikes in tow….. now if only I didn’t need to pee again (apologies for the candid self disclosure but it sets the scene yeah?)

I’m in a team of three, with a race plan to ‘take it easy’ but ‘not to come last’. I’m no gun, but I will do anything ‘not to come last’.

Big crew from the Spin Sisters. Danielle and Randa are doing it solo – Respect sisters Respect! The others are going double; Anita and Emma (possibly got ready together), Peta and Sarah and Wendy and Claire. Charma, Debs and I are in the threesomes. With the race under way it time to turn our attention to our super coach for last minute tactics;

“I’ve made pumpkin and choc chip muffins for in between laps” All hail our super coach Ali.

With a cracking lap under her belt, Debs is in and I’m out. Cant get my feet in the cleats, cant turn corners, and my breaks can be heard form Collingwood – Dam sister, your wearing the green jersey now! Pull it together!

Remembering the ‘don’t come last’ philosophy’ I smash it down the open trail and overtake too guys. Game plan number 1. Don’t let them pass you.

I climb well and full of adrenalin, a mars bar and game plan number 1. 1000 things are going through my brain; Corner- outside leg down, Lift- straight arms, Descend- weight right back, Is that guy having a pee? Look to where you want to go! Yep, he’s having a pee… woops cut a corner – Look to where you want to go!

I can hear someone closing in – check behind to confirm its not someone from game plan 1. and clear the way. Start thinking I’ve nailed it and head down the descent too fast… fun but too fast. Hit a root and react by putting on my front break (yeah I know!)  Flying through the air I consider my body position pre flight …was I not dragging my butt over my back wheel?

“No” says Ali from the marquee. “Bummer” says me as I hit the ground a couple of times.

Lying on track I disentangle my bike from legs and feel for broken things…. Nothing broken except the small shrubs I threw myself at. I move aside as I hear the swish of the professionals coming down the hill. As they pass I see the familiar green of the MM jersey and it all the tonic I need …. That and the last guy has a side mirror on his helmet?  I’m on again and chasing.

Back at transition I tag Charma and head for the marquee for my muffin, eaten with a greater satisfaction than that of a 3am souvalaki. Scott, our super mechanic, gives the bike the OK for round two and the smiles from the crew make it all good.

We wonder up to check on Danielle and Randa between their laps and they impress us with smiles and easy conversation….. so dam cool…. Too cool for racing J

Peta and Sarah cruise through Sunday with minimal carnage while Anita and Emma, Wendy and Claire proudly discuss lap times and improvements……and we all eat a little more….. I am tempted here to report on the mechanics food intake, but I like him and don’t want him to think bad evil things of me. In my team Debs was a champ leading the way and supporting the cripple. Charma sadly was let down badly by….us, and ended up doing two laps in a row (I believe we owe her a bevy).…

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