racing.

when i bought the honda (see: all my bikes ) i decided to try a little enduro racing. for me this was the fulfilment of a dream: i always wanted to try it, but earlier on simply did not have the money. i started in 1996, and the first races came as a big surprise: i…

jump 101.

the last bike adventure before our long trip was all about improving our technique. and at least as far as i am concerned i am disappointed. with myself, that is. don’t get me wrong: green valleys is a great venue and nick is a fantastic coach. i managed the rhythm sections well enough but on…

/luːʒ/

luge. /luːʒ/. noun – a light toboggan for one or two people, ridden in a sitting or supine position. verb – ride on a luge; ‘youths luged in a reckless style’. its also nat’s favourite trail, so we really owe you a look. luge was not always nat’s favourite: her first time resulted in a bit of a meltdown. she…

flowtown.

richa responded to my earlier post. she called me out – and rightly so. my irrational dislike of yoga is of course only due to my complete and utter inability to actually perform any of the exercises (busted). the mere thought of a downward dog causes me severe vertigo and i’d rather hit a tree…

the pursuit of flow.

the concept of flow is crucial to the art of mountain biking. it’s the state when things start to happen almost effortlessly, trail and bike become one, time is fluid, space relative, gravity a mere sidenote; a state of bliss that i hear takes years to achieve when practicing yoga. no wonder, yoga is about…

tri state bike epic – final.

we left thredbo today – it was pretty emotional to think after all the fun we had on the trails our bikes will be gathering dust (and by that i mean not the good dust) for the next year. that said we got one more riding opportunity coming up: a freeride clinic at green valleys.…

kkarrier.

the karavan is not really a bike-friendly machine. for us that is a real issue, with nat now being almost as bike-mad as i am. the bikes can’t be mounted on top of the kk, that’s far too high. they can’t be mounted on the back either, given how the rear opens up. i also…

34.

i really love the fox 36. for my preferred type of riding – which is increasingly also natalie’s preference – the 36 is the perfect fork. smooth and yet almost bottomless, light enough to carry it up the hill yet ready to bail you out when that line choice does not work out and a…

perspective.

first she wanted my camera. ‘daddy can that camera also be mounted on my helmet, too?’ (she has the same helmet) – ‘yes …’ – ‘can i have it, please?’ – ‘what now?’ – ‘yes now’ – ‘um ok …’ (what do you say; check mate in three). the next thing was that she wanted…

dirty south.

dirty south is probably now natalie’s new favourite trail. honestly, i totally agree. it is a quintessential (short) enduro trail and it has been part of the east coast titles (where nat competed) and the rollercoaster green valleys round. we pitched the disco on the green for the day. kris got a little shade she…

milestone.

it’s not really a great deal, but still: i just crossed 1000km on my bike this year, 77 hours all in all. i know people on road bikes spend much more time on their contraptions but i think i have a lot more fun on my little nomad. i could not possibly claim i loved…

champion!

nat is! she placed first in the two-day superflow rollercoaster state championship in the under 13 junior female category. we made a late call to go, the weather looked pretty dicy. the forecast was for quite a bit of rain on both days of racing, not a lot of fun when you know you have…