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An interesting thing happened at Lidsdale today:

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By Little-Ditty - Posted on 23 June 2007

Re: This ride meeting: 
Lisdale XC

Liam, Lee, Rob, Shane, Steve and Bruce turn up for the ride with everyone in good spirits, despite the 0 degree temps at 9:00 a.m. Lee was up and at 'em at 4:30 am to make the ride. Rob was similar?

Plenty of frost on the ground in Lithgow. Ice has formed over all of the puddles in the ground, making crunching noises as you ride over them. Serious mist condenses with each exhale. My knees have turned purple. The 5 other guys look like they are on a Himalayan expedition with all the layers of long clothes they are wearing. See photo:


We wait for Bruce to get ready.

A quick lap of the XC loop to get us started. Now with some decent speed and the blood pumping, we are starting to warm up. Bruce realises he has little in the way of rear shock pressure. We wait again for Bruce. 15 minutes in and Lee has a tumble, bruising a knee and wounding his pride. As a good trooper, he battles on with a sore knee and hand.

We stop to play on some of the jumps. Most get involved and partake in some air action. Rob takes some cool snaps. Posted these yet Rob?? [Ed. yup - they are here] Some good air on these jumps too. Steve shows us how it is done - nice job on some of those ramps Steve, as we shall see. We finish with the XC loop, with temps inching up into high single figures. These boys in the winter thermal clothes look like they are going to expire from heat exhaustion soon. Steve peels off a middle layer "wetsuit" with a snap. What is this? A rider with a wetsuit? Well, literally, it seems like it was. Hard to explain - but you just had to be there.

We commence an "explore" of the pine forest on the opposite side of the Great Western Highway. New trails!!! Just to look for some nice sniggle or whatever. Also to get in some extra kays before Coffs next weekend. It is quite wet and muddy in places, but that's alright. We were able to get in some large hills to really test the legs. From what I noticed, there were more hills than straight sections. Possibly this was what was needed. Still only about 11:00 am and there remains plenty of frost on the ground. Was the ground actually frozen??

We come across a fire trail down-hill with lots of grooves and ruts. Before setting off at the top of the hill, Rob says "I'll ride down there to the water bars and get some photos!" Nice idea. Steve, Liam and Bruce wait for the crowd (Rob, Shane, Lee) to get set up at the water bars. Shane has an innocuous stack at one of the water bars. Howls of laughter at that. Top work Shane! Sticking out tongue

"Okay, lookout for the ruts past the water bars!" yells Rob and gang. We look at each other thinking they can't be that bad. Steve, Liam and Bruce all have their go, plying some good air over the water bars. Nothing special, but we look around at the ruts and other dangerous parts and think this is pretty cool. Rob wants his go, and passes the camera over so he can have his moment in the spotlight. Just like showbusiness, the spotlight can be harsh, and Rob was no exception. But he was to turn into the star of the day.

Rob barrels down the hill, with 5 captive onlookers, flying some nice air from the largest water bar until the front tips down a little too much and too high in the rear. It surely must be an Endo coming up!! Doing about 25kph, Rob pulls off a sick endo down the fire trail, washing out with a front end lose to boot, with the rear still in the air. But somehow mid-motion he rights himself with both wheels back on the ground and corrects this oh-so-close mega stack in front of the disbelieving onlookers. The 5 of us hoot and clap this amazing save. Rob, meanwhile, had run off into the bushes to make an underwear change. It must be close to the best save I have seen, ever. That was close to serious laceration material. Rob was not wearing any guards.

But despite outward appearances, young Robin is not all skill and guile. We soon come across a frozen water stream in the pine forest which is a few inches deep. Not that hard to traverse? Ummm, possibly, but how about the mud factor? Rob gets his balance crossed up in the mud, and takes a tumble into some zero degree water, chistening his new pristine Shimano riding shoes with mud and slosh, clogging the clips. That was some seriously cold water folks. Thank goodness for warm water proof clothes. The group liked that one!

Continuing the ride around the fire trails, we exit the trails, noticing a large pile of dirt in a paddock. It has a nice angled ramp on the approach side, and a 3 foot vertical drop on the far side. Air time! We all have a jump or a roll off. Nice. Stack of the day goes to Lee for getting some plush front side boost over the drop, landing heavily on the rear, then rebounding the rear supsension, sending him OTB. A classic stack in front of all attending. The photo taken while still "in the air" looked sensational:

Flying Glibo

Lee, 8.0 for the photo but a 3.0 for the dismount.

A good day, to be repeated again for sure. Thanks guys, I enjoyed these tracks immensely. Something old and new. But to get back out there, it will have to preferably be in summer! Eye-wink

ar_junkie's picture

If your name isn't Rob, Shane... Eye-wink

Nice write up Liam, definitely want to have a go out there now... but as you said, perhaps when it's a little warmer...

Hopefully no damage to rider and steed just before Coffs? =:-o

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Thanks to Liam for the write up, amusing as ever and far too kind to yours truly. Sadly the photo from the incident he mentions is just a blur, but it's clear from the angles that something is amiss.

I just remember the feeling that this was waaaay too far forward and I was going OTB and it was going to hurt. Then landing and being flicked right. Somehow right turned to left and I'm cornering at some insane angle - the thought turned to hitting the ground sideways in a still very painful way. But wait, I'm not going down... somehow the speed has washed off and I'm almost back upright and there's just a couple of ruts to deal with... bounce over them and roll up bank to take of rest of the speed.

Holy SH^T, that was close! Thanks be to the great MTB deity for this save! Look back uphill at the guys... who's thoughts Liam paints quiet nicely Eye-wink

Anyhow, profile for the day is here:

This was supposed to be training for impending Coffs ride, but 21Ks just didn't cut it. Cold and damp ground sapped the strength, but on the positive side we rode almost half the vertical in only one fifth of the distance. Everyone aside from Liam seemed to be struggling, he needs to get a heavier bike! Eye-wink

Pics will follow, some are quiet good. We really must do a photo shoot sometime (here, Ourimbah, anywhere) with a real camera and lighting.

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Did you guys find the doubles and NS crawler on the track to the left of that?

Me, I got stuck watching netball all afternoon so didn't manage a ride. what a good dad am I.

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Ah.... that's the description I was looking for Eye-wink

Nah, we'd been messing about far too much on that and other fun things so hurried on back to the start and over the road. There's so much in the trees here now, it's great. We love it Flynny - keep it up!

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