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

August 15, 2006

SITS: It takes two (baybe-ee-ee…)

Filed under: bikes,lunacy - mine,lunacy - other peoples — dgpowell @ 11:06 am

It takes two:

  • Bikes, so there’s always a clean one ready at the end of each lap. I only had one (usable)bike due to the other not being suited to the “conditions”, but i was still able to keep rocking…thanks of course to:
  • Helper, at least AS important as the actual rider IMHO. Thanks to steve i didn’t curl up in a ball and die at some ungodly hour of the morning, didn’t blow up due to not eating, always had a working bike to ride, always knew where abouts in the race standings i was and generally didn’t have to think about anything except getting back out riding…superb!
  • Different races in one, my first 13 laps were done in dusty dry conditions, with super fast singletrack. The rest were done in often unridable, slimey, sticky, heavy mud with general slop where the singletrack used to be!

To make SITS 2006.
and yet the gears still worked somehow!

I came 6th out of 81 finishers (pretty sure there were more starters than that), with 21laps (i thought i’d done 22, but ho hum).
No doubt i will write some more about the race at some point this week, but for now i will just say a BIG THANKYOU to steve for supporting me, kicking me out of the pits, cleaning my bike over and over again, fixing my bike – I vaguely remember much swearing and banging going on in the background during the early hours of the morning, while i sat very still trying to eat without retching, as steve completely stripped my knackered brakes and replace them with his own to ensure i could keep racing – stuffing food down me when i didn’t want it (but needed it), encouraging me and generally putting up with my sad moaning for 24hrs without resorting to violence!

A couple of pics are up here for you (thanks to Cat for taking them). There’ll be some more on the STW site once simon’s finished faffing with them – they should be searchable by rider number (i was 1223, guy was 1254 and steve was 866 (i think)) and if you do a search of the stw forum you’ll find links to numerous other pic filled sites too.

Geeky Race Stats: 6th place (81 finishers), 21 laps in 24hrs 12mins 9secs (19hrs 51mins actual riding time)
151.81miles, 7.8mph av speed (25.4mph max), 15,588.3ft climbing
142bpm ave heart rate (inc. all stops), 208bpm max (Yes! 208bpm!!)
Can’t remember what i ate and drank, but it wasn’t very much (thanks, yet again, to steve for the ribose and such magic remedies!)


  1. Top 5 next year then?

    Comment by matt — August 15, 2006 @ 11:57 am

  2. Dave, you rocked, great result 🙂

    There will be a few pics of you in the stw gallery (once Chipps and the guys have sorted them all out), there’s one HERE for now.

    Comment by Simon — August 15, 2006 @ 2:37 pm

  3. Don’t the rules say no tandems?


    Comment by Guy Edwards — August 15, 2006 @ 2:43 pm

  4. Obviously Dave’s smiling inside in that pic, Si 😉

    Comment by matt — August 15, 2006 @ 3:39 pm

  5. Sadly that pic is quite complimentary; you can’t really make out the drool…

    Top 5? It could have been possible if the mud had been more conti explorer friendly
    fitter, faster, betterer next time i think

    Guy: i’m glad you found your ‘SITS double’ and rode a lap with him:

    Comment by dgpowell — August 15, 2006 @ 4:03 pm

  6. Well done dude – I shed a little tear of pride when i read that!

    Comment by Mark — August 16, 2006 @ 2:14 am

  7. “Guy: i’m glad you found your ‘SITS double’ and rode a lap with him:

    Oh dear. That’s me in 10 years time I think. My ears are bigger than his though, which is important. It helps me find insects in the dark.

    Comment by Guy Edwards — August 16, 2006 @ 10:33 am

  8. Hey Guy: when are we going to see these vid that you took with your helmetcam?

    I need to relive the mud…

    Comment by dgpowell — August 16, 2006 @ 11:59 am

  9. Headcam:

    When I went to bed that sunday I woke up twice as I re-lived moments as the backend slid round in the mud and I jumped in the bed as I tried to correct the lean in my dream.

    Then on Monday I watched the headcam footage and it was just too much like the dream with fuzzy muddy crashes and stuff. I had to stop watching it till I felt a bit better.

    Anyway. I need to slice it up into manageable bits as otherwise it’s a 800Mb (first lap) and a 1000Mb file (muddy lap). It didn’t cope with the dark wood sections very well and the sound is awful apart from in the start/finish sections.

    Comment by Guy Edwards — August 16, 2006 @ 2:07 pm

  10. singletrack website: comments underneath the news item that laptimes are up.

    At the bottom some guy is saying his Giant NRS composite frame just fell apart as SITS…. :/

    Comment by Guy — August 16, 2006 @ 11:42 pm

  11. Glue and string are stupid things to make bikes from 🙂

    Comment by Simon — August 17, 2006 @ 9:53 am

  12. LOL!

    Comment by matt — August 18, 2006 @ 9:51 am

  13. After the race I was fine but the next day and for all this week I’ve had real pain when
    a) sneezing
    b) yawning
    c) laughing
    d) changing gear in the car
    e) moving
    f) standing up, sitting

    Just come back from A&E, it seems when I did my bellyflop into the bombhole at SITS and scared the marshals I either
    i) fractured a rib
    ii) tore some ribby ligament thing

    Either way since there’s nothing poking out and the hospital can do nothing for fractured ribs etc, they dont even bother with an x-ray for these type of injuries.

    So instead I’m tanked up on ibuprofen

    Comment by Guy — August 21, 2006 @ 7:59 am

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