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…

race day.

initially we were a bit disappointed when about two weeks ago the gravity girls clinic got cancelled due to a snowstorm. in hindsight that was a stroke of luck: our canberra friends al and tash convinced us to reschedule the trip and come up for the cannonball festival instead and that was one of the…

cannonball!

remember we sort of missed out on nat’s gravity girls clinic in thredbo due to bad weather. the weather is infinitely better now and as an added bonus there is a little bike festival called cannonball on at the moment and we enjoy the buzz. most big manufacturers are in town and a lot of…

junior upgrade.

nat was really excited about being back on the bike and she clearly showed us she hadn’t forgotten anything either. it’s like riding a bike, right? of course being the expert she has become she pointed out that in order to be even faster the bike needed to be tweaked … just a little. and…

stromlo.

when the weather changed our plans we were initially a bit disappointed. nat was really looking forward to the gravity girls and we all hoped to spend time in thredbo. but then that’s just life and we moved on. nat and I rode western wedgetail / pork barrel / double dissolution (this is canberra after…

thredbo here we come.

except we aren’t coming. or more to the point: we are but we decided to make a little detour. natalie was enrolled in another ‘gravity girls’ clinic for sunday, so we packed the car, put the bikes on the rack and went on our merry way – what’s a mere 600 km to us these…

vorsprung.

we had a really amazing trip (I sound like a teenager) but one thing both natalie and i really missed while we were away were our bikes. especially since we did our own little tour of the alps before we set out on the big lap. we are planning a similar trip to our favourite…

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…