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…

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…

pop!

the pop is the heart and soul of the bunny hop and, by extension, also of many types of jumps. it looks like an easy skill to master but it really isn’t: timing, body position, pull and finally the pop all must be in perfect harmony to get it right. but when it all comes…

ground control to major tom.

you may feel i am being dramatic here and i’d probably agree but you were not there and you didn’t see that razor sharp lip of a lander hell bent on putting a rather final dent in my favourite carbon fibre wheel loom large. so i distinctly remember pulling up hard on what i hoped…

what comes down must go up.

that’s the enduro spirit. plus of course the idea that the trails should be fun, challenging but also require a certain level of fitness and the willingness to dig deep to be fast. for the last gravity enduro (ge) of the season the club in ourimbah really went all out. stage 1 was the downhill,…