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…

practice makes pancakes.

i think every mountain biker enjoys just ripping down the best trails, staying in the flow. interruptions get in the way. walking back up to session a section is unwelcome. it’s also unfortunatly the only way to improve. when the trail just streams towards you the focus is always on solving that next challenge; practice…

all hail the queen!

there are so many religions and cults out there, almost one for every woman and man. obviously there is also one for cyclists: it’s called strava. strava is what gives us purpose, it’s what tells us who we are, and it brings us together with those other believers, via the invisible power of gps receivers.…

princess of mountain?

is there such a thing? there’s of course the king of mountain, and the queen of mountain, the fastest man and woman, respectively, on a certain trail. but what about the fastest young person on the mountain? the second fastest female on the mountain? nat would definitely deserve the title and of course wear it…

supercharged.

if you are following our blog you’ll know nat & i like to ride our bikes … a lot. our chosen type of riding is what’s these days referred to as ‘enduro’. enduro riders aren’t quite the masochists cross country (xc) riders have to be: we like to earn our turns by riding up the…

queen of the dam.

even in the midst of this health nightmare we are still very lucky: we have great mountain bike trails nearby and as long as we don’t cross paths with other people we are still allowed to exercise: that’s of course exactly what we do. being out there is good for our health, good for our…

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…