Dungog 3 hour

30 10 2011

I awoke this morning to the sound of mosquitos buzzing around my head as I slept in the swag on the Dungog common. They were veracious and it was a clear indication that it was time to get up.

We had the event centre set up the night before so the only thing to do before race start was get the track bunted. I got to ride a relaxed lap and hang a little bit of bunting tape and generally smile at the lovely sunny morning.

My knee was feeling pretty good so I decided I would actually race this round. I had the rigid single speed and discovered there were a few more rocks than I remembered while riding the anthem. It was awesome none the less.

My race didn’t last very long however. I got most of the way through the first lap and in a bold (some would say ridiculous) overtaking move, I skipped through a B-line and arrived at a gnarly rock causeway travelling at warp 4. I was completely out of control as I was pin balling off every rock in the surrounding suburb. The end result was a flat tyre. I actually pinched the rim so hard that the rim went all the way through the tyre and sent sealant hosing everywhere. It was the first ever ride on that tyre and its heading for the junk bin.

So I did the walk of shame back to timing and hung out until all hell broke loose when the storm arrived. It was bad enough that we had to call the race off as the lightning was raining down everywhere and the idea of riders on exposed ridge lines was too dangerous to keep everyone riding.

I was pretty disappointed that the race ended the way it did but there isn’t much you can do about the weather. At least everyone got to see how cool the trails are in Dungog.

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30 10 2011
loc81

Nice to formally meet you buddy, and don’t be disappointed on the shorter 3 hours- it wasn’t by much and it was a brilliant track to ride! Still not too sure where the technical stuff was on the track you mentions when we first got there? There was the occasional rock and bump but overall pretty smooth compared to good ol’ Ourimbah ha ha!
The trail is screaming for a longer event and even a night ride and I can’t wait to get back up there in the near future.
The club and trail builders should be very proud of the event and the track- cheers!

31 10 2011
shoogyboom

We are planning a weekend in April and just finalising details now. Main race will be 8hr with lots of other stuff to do. Keep your eye on the HMBA site.
The most technical piece is a section called Jack’s Black which A and B rode.
Great to hear you had fun.

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