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

January 20, 2009

…the aftermath

Filed under: bikes,lunacy - mine,new car,on-one — dgpowell @ 4:21 pm

me on the sunday morning

2nd place at strathpuffer 2009.
Not a bad result, feels a bit galling as i lost what feels like loads of time with mechanicals (lights conking out part way through a lap, punctures, exploding gas cartridges and the like).

Would proably have dropped out if angela hadn’t been there every lap (ie 26 times) waving cups of tea and anything else i felt like I’d need at me.

Didn’t kill as many brake pads as I expected – think it was about 3 pairs and the ice tyres i bought specialy still haven’t been used, which just goes to show how unpredicable the race is.

Shaggy won, nearly lapping me by the end, Alex Slavin came 3rd (he beat me in 2007), Kate came 3rd in the womens cat IIRC, Angela became known as “bag lady” in the registration tent due to her tirelessly running round for me carrying bags of, well, anything i wanted really and I think everyone had a laugh and a proper “experience”.

We took the scenic route home round loch ness and over the highlands, it was awesome. Seriously impressive stuff with the recent snow just adding to the remoteness of it all.

The new tent is huge, I can stand up straight even in the lowest corners and you could quite easily lose someone in there. the phrase “maybe even Too Big” was uttered (but quickly forgotten).

The car did brake down on the way there, but was fixed by another nice AA man simply by pressing a big red button under the bonnet, after which it’s been fine (and even quite sure footed down the icey highland roads).

I’ll do a proper write up, either here or over on on-one in the next day or so, once I’ve finished eating left over food πŸ™‚


  1. If only some of those mechanicals had been gears I could then say “you need a singlespeed”

    Well done.

    Comment by Tom — January 20, 2009 @ 5:37 pm

  2. the gears were faultless πŸ™‚

    smooth, quick shifting, with a light action i could manage easily even with tired fingers; a credit to mr shimano and his derailieur deraliure mech designers

    Comment by dgpowell — January 20, 2009 @ 6:00 pm

  3. i didn’t realise how close your race was. that’s a fantastic result-nice one! and you can never have a tent that’s too big πŸ˜‰

    Comment by kateC — January 20, 2009 @ 6:09 pm

  4. maybe you need a ginger beard.

    well done Dave. Me and loads of others were “watching” the race unfold via the online timing thing.

    Comment by terrahawk — January 20, 2009 @ 7:58 pm

  5. Well done mate, as per usual you prove to me once again your a tuff little runt. see you soon;-)

    Comment by Wayne — January 20, 2009 @ 9:15 pm

  6. […] for a while (perhaps ever). I was riding for just over an hour. Meanwhile Shaggy (singlespeed!) and Twinkly Dave were deciding the winner of the solo category of theΒ  Straffpufer race around 170+ miles in 24 […]

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  7. Well done david. Was watching “live” from nelson NZ and cheering for you !

    Shaggy may have beaten you but so he should if hes going to iditabike ! he should be near peaking ! you have a whole summer of events ahead !

    Comment by terry — January 21, 2009 @ 1:50 am

  8. Good effort Sparkly Dave! How did the burgers compare to SITS?

    Comment by Rod — January 21, 2009 @ 10:07 am

  9. no burger will ever be as good (or as crunchy…)as the SITS burger, but they weren’t bad by any means

    i’m thinking of ringing round the energy bar companies to see if any of them are interested in making burger flavoured gels and drinks…

    Comment by dgpowell — January 21, 2009 @ 11:06 am

  10. Well done son !
    Mum and I were worried, not only for you, but also for Angela, in case she was blown away by the gales in the HUGE tent while you were buried in an avalache.
    The mind really does create strange ideas when you’re worried.

    Comment by Dave's Dad — January 21, 2009 @ 1:14 pm

  11. Well done Dave, awesome effort!! I think tod cx race a couple of weeks before just gave you the form u needed πŸ˜‰

    Comment by TimK — January 21, 2009 @ 2:16 pm

  12. Dude – well done!

    You rock

    Comment by irishmark — January 21, 2009 @ 4:20 pm

  13. Good work fella!

    Comment by DanLees — January 21, 2009 @ 5:02 pm

  14. Hey you get mentioned on the Trek website twice.

    Comment by Tom — January 27, 2009 @ 9:24 am

  15. oohh, well spotted!

    I don’t remember anything being taken “by force” mind you! My lights died, leaving me grovelling in the dark on a 1hr 40min lap

    (not that I’m bitter and all hung up about what happened or anything, ahem) πŸ˜‰

    Comment by dgpowell — January 27, 2009 @ 9:58 am

  16. All in the preparation. You should have had a back up light with you ;0)

    Artistic licence?

    Comment by Tom — January 29, 2009 @ 11:06 am

  17. i did πŸ™
    they died at the same time, despite being totally seperate!

    same hapened with the C02 inflator that was supposed to have a back-up function as a normal mini pump, should the gas canister not work – the backup died at the same time

    i’m going to stop grumbling now though (no, really) cos i still did quite well and it WAS ACTUALLY GOOD FUN πŸ™‚
    plus there’s the whole summer still to rule πŸ˜€

    Comment by dgpowell — January 29, 2009 @ 11:24 am

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