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trail fairies.

have you ever asked yourself how berms miraculously appear in the bush (or woods in other parts of the world)? how wooden trail features that make trails safer and more fun get where they are? or how the trails always seem to run well, no matter how much traffic or rain they get? every mountain…

learn to fly.

nat and i have been at the dirt jumps for a little while now, and i feel i have the first three jumps (aka the small ones) down pat. when i say ‘small’ they are actually not really small but it’s kind of not quite as intimidating when you don’t have to look up to…

upping the ante.

nat and i decided to use the relatively cool weather and the school holidays to get a few more rides in. last time we tried to challenge ourselves (as much as possible) to find better, more difficult or even just faster lines down manly dam. the next step up from there is of course to…

xc.

compared to the sheer horror of most other northern beaches trails (mt narra and bahai being on the more moderate end of the scale, it gets dicier from there) manly dam is really an easy and pleasant ride. that doesn’t mean it’s not possible to up the ante a bit here and there, so to…

cannonball 2019.

ever since last year our friends al and tash convinced us to attend the cannonball nat has been waiting for this year’s edition to come around. it was good to get out of sydney: with the bushfires around the air was full of smoke, hence the bright red sunset below. except this year the plan…

all the champions.

it’s been a great season of racing for us in ourimbah. mostly for natalie, though, i’ve settled for marshalling in most of the races. today was the day to reap the rewards. nat is the official under 15 downhill central coast mountain biking club champion. pretty awesome. she is of couse also the under 15…

tassie calling (again).

when we were last in st helens we learned that the trails would officially open at end november. with all the buzz we had to be there to see it happen in real time. it’s just a short trip anyway, right? so we loaded up the car again and booked the ferry from melbourne to…

all good things.

they must come to an end: like this year’s racing season. today nat participated in the last club race fo the season, the fifth downhill race. paul, the trail builder, had come up with another surprise: he connected the downhill track to the bottom part of the enduro trail via a little drop across a…

little chemist.

i’m not a great fan of youtube; it’s generally just a great way to waste a lot of time. but every now and then there is a grain of wisdom in this massive flood of … um, you catch my drift. like the guy who cooks up his own chain lube. he made almost an…