Twinkly Dave – Mud splattered bicycle and pizza enthusiast Growing old disgracefully

May 17, 2008

Ying/Yang or summat

Filed under: bikes — dgpowell @ 10:10 pm

Well, the fact that i’m posting this at 10pm…when Wildboaqr24 isn’t due to finish until 2pm tomorrow might suggest that it didn’t go well.

It didn’t.
Ignoring the problems that having a race course a mile away (up/down a bridleway) from the race course/solo pit area brings with it, I got myself set up for the race, shot off from the gun, felt great – better than last week – managed 2 problem free laps then managed to stuff the mech on the scandal into the spokes (in a replay of what happened at the strathuffer), after suffering 3 punctures in one lap.

Apparently i was sitting pretty in 2nd at the time, without even breaking a sweat, it was easy (admittedly the course was 90% fireroad…and even the “extreme caution” sections were simple enough, so technically it wasn’t much of a challenge*), i felt like i could have ridden like that for more than 24hrs, or upped the pace whenever i felt like it.
Chatting to the team camped next to me, after I’d dropped out, i’d overtaken one of them and appeared to be “flying”. They were in 6th at the time and had moved up to 4th by the time i left, so it seems like i was finding it easy to go properly fast.

Oh well, time to lick some metaphorical wounds, fix lots of bikes and et ready for Mountina Mayhem in June…I’ve had all this year’s bad luck now, it’s time to do some proper racing.

Hello to everyone who said hello/cheered me on/was generally cheerful and good luck if you’re still racing (err, even though you won’t be able to read this cos you’re still racing…)

(Ying/Yang = winning last week, failing this week)

*Yes, I am aware of the irony of saying it was easy when I’ve just knackered my bike on it.


  1. Uh OH

    On the plus side, getting up at 5am on Monday’ll be easier.

    Comment by matt — May 17, 2008 @ 10:14 pm

  2. How the hell do you keep mashing rear mechs into the spokes? Do you keep banging them on things or are you just really rubbish at setting them up?

    As for having a racecourse a mile away from the pits/solo area – retarded.

    Comment by Simon — May 17, 2008 @ 10:24 pm

  3. i keep smacking mechs on rocks/stumps/ferrets…on this occasion the bike stepped out when the front tyre blew

    sorry, i mistyped in the post; the solo pit area was next to the course, but
    a) was tiny
    b) was a mile away from the campsite…so if you needed anything not already in your corner of an edge of a table it was a 30min round trip for you or your pit bitch

    oh, the access track to/from the campsite was more technical than the race course too…i bet a few people have come a cropper on it in the dark already

    Comment by dgpowell — May 17, 2008 @ 10:54 pm

  4. Ah, those pesky ferrets. Always causing trouble!

    Comment by Simon — May 18, 2008 @ 8:56 am

  5. Bad luck mate.

    Mayhem is indeed where it’s at.

    See you there.

    Comment by Rich — May 20, 2008 @ 12:32 am

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