Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Ooooh, I think I need one of these http://www.mypressi.com/index.php
The mypressi twist, a truely portable espresso machine.....all I can say is, don't leave home without it.
And since I have managed to sneek in some quality Web Surfing time, I came across this via Stevil Kenevil's, How to Avoid a Bummer Life Blog, www.swobo.com/htatbl/
Powersliding is NOT a crime.......
We at Hyperformance Hardware would like to give a BIG 'Well Done' to Annika Smail and Tim Wilding for winning this growing event.
Although, most people would consider the Single Speed champs a 'fun' event, the single speed national is now attracting some pretty serious competition.
Tim is the first person in NZ to get the new Ibis Tranny, he's used the bike in Xterra and now the single speed champs.
BikeRadar.com talk about the Ibis Tranny here;
Tim's report of the event below;
I should not have won this race. Not because of the (inconsequential) order in which i consumed weetbix and beer but for the simple fact that my experience on a single speed is limited to three rides. For all its emphasis on fun and frivolity, the NZ Single speed Champs attracted a talented and strong field, a number of whom had been training specifically for this event, and had schooled me in the process on at least one occasion. I don't think i ever seriously contemplated that i could win the title.
Minutes into the race and that belief was reinforced as i emerged from the confusion of the Le Mans style start to see riders stretching up the road as far as i could see. Congratulations must go to whoever relocated my bike as they did a great job - i just couldn't find it! It's a feature of the event that the bikes are rearranged and so i was expecting it, but figured that my Ibis was distinctive in orange and i wouldn't have any difficulties. It turns out that there are a large number of orange bikes out there. I know. I ran to nearly every one before finally stumbling across mine!
From there it was a case of chasing, right up until the last lap. I really put myself in the box getting back on to the second bunch before we entered the first section of singletrack and from there it was just a case of picking off riders when i could. By chance, the course consisted of three of my most favourite Rotorua trails - Pondy, Old Chevy and Yellow Brick Road - and i had a ball taking the Tranny through them. In contrast to my Xterra ride, i just felt connected with the bike and really smooth. My Maxxis Monorail tires provided exceptional cornering grip and i took full advantage.
The racing was tight heading into the final lap. I was with Matthew Gorter and Eric Drower was closely chasing. Both are talented mountain bikers who have been doing great things on the road recently and i didn't want them to be too close coming into the final Beer Cut. I can't skull to save myself. Matt was proving difficult to shake but when he had a small crash on Pondy i was able to gap him and break the elastic binding us together. With half a lap remaining i started to entertain thoughts of winning and tattoo placement, much in the same way as Cabin had done last year before being caught by Garth. History nearly repeated itself when Eric clawed back some 20sec in the dying stages of the race and all but chased me into the beer tent. I was fortunate to have just enough of a lead to exit in front and make the sprint for the line, caught quite nicely by Mike Vincent:
Yes, i was pretty excited to win.
So i now have a tattoo. It's pretty cool and if you have a snoop around vorb.org.nz 's excellent coverage of the weekend you should be able to catch a glimpse. Otherwise, have a look on trexterra.blogspot.com in a couple of days time. Yes, I've joined all the other diligent athletes with a blog. The intention is to update it quite frequently, which is why you shouldn't look at it for the next 24hours.
Thanks to Pearl Izumi for their great riding gear, Ibis Cycles for the amazing Tranny, Oli Brooke-White for his mad mechanic skills, and Maxxis for their great tires.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I was really looking forward to the race and it was great bouncing around the Xterra village before hand, catching up with friends and greeting friendly faces. It feels to me as if a real Xterra community is starting to develop in NZ. Thats reflected in the increasingly strong fields, but also in the great atmosphere surrounding the event.
That being the case, it was natural that i found myself on the shore of Lake Tikitapu in a great mood while waiting for the starters gun. I was caught a little unawares when it did eventually go off but very quickly got into a pretty handy group with clear water ahead. For the first time, Pro's were wearing different coloured swim caps to the age groupers and it certainly put my mind at ease seeing only one yellow cap ahead. Unfortunately, there was another yellow head shadowing me - Richard Ussher, competing in his first Xterra. He'd come off Ironman NZ so i was expecting him to swim pretty well. Imagine then how stoked i was when he disappeared on the stretch back to shore. I'd dropped him! I put the hammer down just to make sure before happening to look a little further. Oh. There he was - still level pegging, but a couple of meters to my right. Talking to Rich after the race, we established that he'd been thinking pretty much the same as i had!
So despite our respective efforts, we both exited the water and headed out on the bikes, only 90 seconds down on Terrenzo. That was a real boost as i think he pulled over 2 and a half minutes on me last year. I had borrowed Duncan Milnes fantastic Quintana Roo wetsuit as mine was getting a bit sad after three hard seasons and i think that was a big contributor.
I need to take this opportunity to tell you about my bike. I've had it for a few weeks now and i've been incredibly tardy in not telling you about it earlier. It's fast, orange, and has a name that i'm hesitant to repeat around my parents - Ibis Cycles new carbon hardtail, the Tranny. Built with all the good things, like Shimano XTR and Fox forks with the fantastic new 15QR dropout, by Wellington's resident good thing, Oli Brooke-White of Roadworks / Jazz Apples fame. It goes like stink. Or at least, normally.
As we climbed in pursuit of Terrenzo I just felt flat. What had felt effortless the week before was feeling anything but. Rich was riding like a demon and though i tried i couldn't really shake him. We caught Terrenzo at the start of Hill Rd, at the top of which Rich took the lead, leaving me to hang on. I managed to sneak in front heading into Billy T where i seemingly tried to take myself out of the race by first rubbing a tree and then nearly fully connecting with another. I think the effort up the hill might have left me a little cross eyed.
Now in the lead, i set about trying to ride smart and hard, though i still wasn't feeling the flow. It was never more apparent as when Scott Thorne came up and passed me on Split Enz. I couldn't even hold onto him. It was a frustrating thing as i don't normally relinquish my lead once i have it. My problems got worse while rounding Green Lakes. Scott was in the distance and now Rich was rapidly catching again. Compounding my problems was an errant stomach that felt anything but settled. It was shaping up to be an ugly run.
Rich did catch me and we spent the last couple of km's lapping out and slowly bringing Scotts lead back a bit. Even then, Rich was doing at least 2/3rds of the work. Into transition and all cameras were on Rich as speculation mounted whether he could catch Scott. I had a slow transition and headed out onto the run not at all confident that i would even be able to foot it with the others. My stomach was tight and i just didn't feel the flow.
The less that is said about the run the better. I lost 3min to Rich and Scott in the first lap and was passed by Cabin shortly after. At that point my mantra changed from 'beat Cabin. Beat Cabin' to 'beat Terrenzo. Beat Terrenzo.' As is often the case, i started running more freely in my second lap and could finally do my fantastic Pearl Izumi Peak XC shoes some justice. I did manage to hold Terrenzo off, but not by much: as i exited the bush out onto the beach i looked back to see him not far behind. Fortunately i still had enough space to hold him off and claim my second 4th in as many years.
I need to make it clear that i'm not disheartened by my result. I fit my training around a busy life and demanding job and feel that this summer i struck the right balance. I still believe that i can win again in Rotorua but to do so i need to be consistent and build a great base through this year. My running needs to step up. The good news is that i believe that i'm in the right place to achieve this so hope to keep you entertained with my progress over the next 12 months.
Tomorrow is the NZ SingleSpeed Championships. It should be a great day out, hopefully with much beer consumed out on the course. The Tranny gets its name from its ability to be converted from a geared bike to a singlespeed in less than 20min and so thats ready to rock. I've had a couple of rides on it as a singlespeed and i have to say that i really am enjoying it. The simplicity is cool and i'm having a ball focusing on carrying as much speed as possible through the corners. I don't expect to be challenging for the Tattoo but will be going out there to put the hurt on. I'll tell you about it next week.
Thanks as always to my sponsors:
and to my coach, Bryan Hall.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
My bike had not been used since Nationals which had been a month prior, so I was looking forward to riding again. I arrived in Nelson on Friday, the day before the race so was unable to look over the course.
The race started well, despite not warming up properly I knew the climb would soon get my muscles going. I was first Woman up the open 4WD track and welcomed a cheer from some spectators. Into the trees there was a group of us including Lisa Savage and a few other guys.
We climbed together up through the pine forest and eventually turning left heading up to the summit of Fringe Hill. Oh dear god! The Classic was a challenge. It took me from feeling fit and comfortable on the climb to complete exhaustion and very sore legs. With more air in my tires than I was use to (to save me from punctures in Boulder Valley), there were many times I lost traction on the steep pinches and was reduced to walking. There was about 5 of us that reached the 700m summit at the same time, and what a sight! The view was amazing, well worth the climb.
Going into Black diamond ridge I was tailing Lisa, but as the track continued I started struggling with the slippery roots and she was able to pull away. Black Diamond was definitely the part I liked least, having to carry and push my bike in many bits. Though it made me very happy when the trail rejoined the Rail Trail, and found myself re-energised and able to maintain a reasonable pace. Reaching the mineral belt I was still feeling good, but started too struggled a bit when I had to carry the bike. This is where Olivia Johnston passed me.
I was a very relieved when I reached Coppermine Saddle as I knew that it was pretty much downhill from here. I was able to pass a fair few cautious riders, but the more the valley continued and the boulders started increasing in size, my muscles started getting a hammering and the cramps began. My biggest mistake on Boulder Valley was not putting my seat down, something I’ll be sure to remember for next time. It made it a lot hard descending, and on a part of the course that should have been my strong point, I was no way near as fast as I could have been. I fell off a few times but luckily into the friendly bushes to the side of the rocks. Eventually the boulders became rocks and the track became smoother and faster. Ripping around the switchbacks, and letting loose on the single track this part was a lot of fun. Though all good things must come to an end and the track soon joined the road. Everything hurt, my legs, my arms and back, and the cramps had started to come back. I knew I was on the home stretch but was not sure how far it was. I just put my head down and pedalled. Back onto the single track was a relief, and when I saw the finish I was absolutely stoked, I had as massive grin on my face as I crossed the finish. The free food and beer was a bonus too.
This race was hard; the amount of climbing, the challenging descents, the exhaustion and the cramps, I loved it all! I found everyone so nice and friendly, sharing the experience with many people along the course and able to laugh at our situation. The event was very well organised having marshals at all the check point radioing back to the events centre when riders passed. I can’t wait for next year!
I owe a big thank you to Mike for putting up with me and letting me stay at his house, to Bluebridge Ferry who helped me out with my travelling so I had the opportunity to race. Also to all the competitors and organisers who were never lacking friendliness and humour.
More info can be found here; http://ibiscycles.com/raffle/
Also, more Mojo news, Ibis are offering two new colours for the Mojo SL, these were spotted at sea otter, but here are the studio pictures in all their glory.
While we are on the topic of Ibis, make sure you keep an eye on http://www.chuckibis.com/chuck_spew/ and Scot Nicol is also on twitter http://twitter.com/chuck_i
Mtbr.com has more news about the Mojo raffle and some pictures from Sea Otter, worth a look; http://seaotter.mtbr.com/2009/04/21/mojo-raffle-tranny/.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Things you need to know;
1) George Brannigan is secondary schools national DH champ (Good work mate)
2) Susie Wood 2nd Xterra (lime green Blur XC) and Annika Smail 3rd (first Xterra!) SC riders Hogging the Podiums. Tim Wilding 4th on his new Ibis Tranny, look out for him at the single speed national champs.
3) Ibis offering new colours for their Mojo SL's, white and metallic blue is what I spotted.
4) Carbon Blur LT.....Aye Ca rumba!
5) Driver8's in baby blue, nice.
6) I am distracted because I'm looking at all the new stuff at Sea Otter (via the web, I'm not there, wish I was)
And in the NOT Bike related news, my better half, Sandra Williams and her sailing buddy, John Laydon are the Flying Fifteen national champs. Hyperformance Hardware representing on the water too!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
oh well it's now been a week already and i have been meaning to update this blog right away, ... sorry!
yeah so the Highlander 75k which was also nz mtb marathon champs were on last Sunday at the Blue lake Rotorua.
it was a stunning day, not too chilly and not too hot as there was a bit of cloud hanging about and the trails were in mint condition too, so all in all > perfect! :)
the course started with quite a bit of road before hitting the first single trail and then it took us through some mint trails - like Billy T! - and along some super scenic forest roads like along lake front road were you get a stunning view of green lake (it certainly puts a smile on your face) :)
i wasn't feeling too strong and energetic but managed somehow to keep at the front of the women's field and therefore won the marathon champs title, am happy! ;)
thanks for all the support i got along the race course, it's great to see and hear people cheer you on!
wishing you happy easter riding! :)
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Friday, April 03, 2009
Kenny is a professional, Kid's don't try this at home!
Again, I borrowed this from Stevil Kenevil's blog, http://www.swobo.com/htatbl/
Because I think we should all try as hard as we can to avoid a bummer life.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Also, if you rush out and purchase the April issue of Mountain Bike Magazine, there is also a review there too. I might be email you a copy of the review if you ask nicely.