Growing old disgracefully

  • the world’s hottest chili (and the Gisburn Dirty Dozen bike race)


    That hurt, the chili, it was properly hot. Everyone I saw eating it had tears in their eyes and a look of shock on their faces after a few forkfuls, no-one was dwelling on how they’d just ridden their bikes, flat out, for 12 hours, after getting up at some ungodly time of the morning to get to Gisburn Forest for the 7.30am start.

    After quaffing several large gulps of local ale to ease the burning sensation I felt able to have another stab at the mountain of con carne pain piled on the plate in front of me, in much the same way I’d been able to get back out onto the course after each of Jase’s laps to hammer round the lower sections of the Forest’s Red Route. Just enough respite to forget how painful everything had been shortly before, y’see.
    The slice of garlic bread (“the future”…much like 29ers) gave some respite from the heat in the same way the race course’s cheeky, new-build singletrack sections provided some enjoyable respite from the hammer-hammer-hammer-faster-faster-faster dusty fireroads, but each return melted another layer of skin from the inside of my mouth just as each lap ripped more fibres in my leg muscles until…


    …I gave up. On the chili. It defeated me. The race didn’t, both Jase and I nailed that – not even a mid-race double puncture, dropping us down from 1st to 3rd with half the race already gone, could prevent us taking top spot, but by god that food took no prisoners!

    Results available here – we wus orsums 🙂


    2:24 pm on June 14, 2010 | 9 Comments | # |


  • Simon 2:27 pm on June 14, 2010 | #


  • Rich 3:02 pm on June 14, 2010 | #

    Well done.

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  • Dave Haygarth 3:36 pm on June 14, 2010 | #

    Nice work you boys…

  • trio25 4:42 pm on June 14, 2010 | #

    Great ride by you two!

    I missed out on the free food 🙁

  • dgpowell 6:41 pm on June 14, 2010 | #

    Sorry guys: the food wasn’t free

    far from it, in fact!

  • Wayne 6:22 pm on June 15, 2010 | #

    I bet that food came with a heavy price the day after 😉 well done though matey, I heard you have sorted out the eating disorder!!!

    Solid result, lets keep em up 🙂

  • dgpowell 10:04 am on June 16, 2010 | #

    Well, I just ate shit…which seemed to work.

    So for mountain mayhem I will be carrying High5 Isogels and mini peperami 🙂

  • Terry 2:52 pm on June 20, 2010 | #

    YA FUCKING BEAUT DAVE 2nd at mayhem – demon has to make up for the keilder debauchel ?