>> Saturday, April 27, 2013
World Triathlon Champ
National MTB Cup WLG - 3rd in my age group
Much fun and "horsing around" was had. I found myself up the front with the now full time burglar Brendon Sharrett ;). For at least 5mins... when he decided that was boring and dropped the hammer to smash the field. Back to where the real battle was going on between Karl Paterson and Gavin McCarthy. I manage to hold my own until dropping my chain at the bottom of the Velodrome climb where Karl took advantage of my misfortune, which I was never able to gain back. This left Gavi and I to battle it out for the scraps of the podium. "Bring it!" Gavi I thought. Up hill Gav would pull me back in, Downhill I would make him work. down to the wire of the last lap and even to within 1km from home. I was coming down the last descent with a good margin on him only to make a rookie mistake on the soft stuff. As I picked the bike up I could see Gavi steaming me down and it was neck and neck with one lap of the Velodrome to finish. On the first hairpin he snuck past me only to give the lead back around the top of the velodrome. Into the sprint I had 10mtrs on him and dropped the hammer... Gavi held on suprisingly well but was never going to catch this Tiger's tail.
Happy with 3rd, will be back next year to climb back to the top of that podium, see you there Brendon :)
National MTB Champs - 4th in my age groupNot sure there is a lot to tell about this one. Loved getting out on the MTB again and another good ding dong with Karl the dirty Weasel :) Giving in to him on the last lap, nice race big fella. No big Tri season this year, so see you at the nats good and strong.
KarapotiOne of the biggest MTB races of the season and what did I end up doing.. 1hr 30min of running with my bike, riding only 2hrs of the course LMAO.
Karapoti! sometimes you just gotta love the challenge it brings. So I begun my Karapoti morning feeling excited about a day of fun and friends and finished it the same way :)
As the race started NOTHING. Could go wrong, I was first through the river and had a good 50mtrs lead into the road. Steaming along just waiting for the "Good Roadie" Clive Bennett to catch up which he did by the bottom of the gorge. From there there was a bit of Bushlove domination to warm up climb. After a smashing climb the I came over the brow of the first hill 1st and feeling fantastic!
The harder I rode the better I felt. Rock garden - semi perfect, devil's staircase - well I am a running "smoked that shit", Big ring - I knew I had to concentrate and steamed along and LOVING the ENVE's rolling speed and stiffness. Still a good distance in the lead and feeling great, until BOOM! Mechanical!! As I struggled to sort it I watched nearly the whole expert field ride past!
Finally I had to conceded I was not going to fix this one and started running, there was NO WAY I was going to DNF.
After an hour of running, and multiple people offering to help, someone with the right part I needed came past. I fixed my bike and steamed off too far back to catch even the last of the top expert riders. Still coming home in a decent 3hrs 30mins I was happy to see the smiles of my friends and Family.
Time for beers and more Poti stories.
Looking forward to a bit of cross training. Yes I am going to give a Marathon another shot for S&Gs. Sub 3 BABY!!!!
See you all back on the Mountain Bike in about August, just in time for the PNP MTB Series