Have gone off for the Tour de Dave. Looks like they are having fun.
(For best effect, hit play on ‘Foster the People’ below, then look at the Storify link, and when the chorus comes along, sing to yourself ‘All the other kids in the South Bank kit, better ride, better ride, faster than Les Hewett’)
No TdD for me. But that’s OK, I’ve got plenty of riding planned this weekend. During the week I took a deep breath and entered the Mount Perry six-hour, as a solo competitor.
Nothing too startling about that.
But what it means is that I have to make some serious effort to get ready. So I posted up a ride on MTBDirt … the classic Brisbane training ride for enduro mountain-bikers: Gap Creek to Nebo. It’s about 50km round-trip, with the first half as hard as you want to make it, climbing South Boundary Road to Mt Nebo village. And the second half lots of fun and still plenty of hard work, coming back down.
And by good fortune we happened to assemble a really good group. Of the six who rode together today, I had only met two before. But that didn’t matter at all. Mountain bikers are pretty relaxed folks, I find.
So it was a good start to my concerted push during May to get ready for Mount Perry. I judged my effort well … I was just getting the beginning twinges of cramp on the very last climb on the way back on South Boundary, where you climb up to the Boscombe Rd trail.
I got back and heard that there’s nothing wrong with you that an hour in the forest won’t fix. Well I had four hours in the forest today, and I came home thinking: “I am such a fortunate person to be able to do this.”
To sum up:
- Smashed myself on the bike till my legs gave out
- Spent time with a good mate (hey Phil!)
- Met four new friends
The day can’t get much better. Oh wait … maybe it will! But that’s only tangentially to do with cycling.
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