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F600 and CRX two rode to Moruya

Last year we tried to ride to Moruya but didn’t make it for a number of different reasons, including rain and stupidity.

We were determined to try and succeed this year and indeed did. The route we planned to take was the same as last year, but as we have both undertaken a number of rides or about 60 to 80 km during the year, we thought that we would be able to go further and camp at the Deua River Camp ground which is, in terms of distance, most of the way to Moruya.

The first day’s journey would be about 145 km long and would take us through Queanbeyan on to Captain’s Flat road, but before reaching it we’d turn off again to Hoskinstown and Rossi, as that road has much less traffic. From there we’d ride through the Tallaganda State forest (where we got lost last time) and then through Harold’s Cross to Major’s Creek. We woudl to the steep descent to Araluen and the campp ground woudl be a couple dozen kilometers thereafter.

Day two would then consist of the remaining 30-odd kilometers of annoying up-and-down undulations along parallel to the Deua River.

We were on our bikes by 6 am (much earlier than last year) and made good time to Major’s Creek, only being unsure of our location a couple of times. We used the GPS (thank you smartphones) this time to verify that we were indeed where we though we were. No flat this time either, but Caroline’s bike rack rattled loose somewhere after Araluen, but we were able to continue riding with it as it was.

It rained a little on the Major’s Creek descent, but then the weather played nice until after we had set up the tent in the camp ground.

It poured all night, but the rain got very light when we started riding again. We made it to Moruya without encountering any more difficulties and about ten minutes after arriving it started raining again. We hid in a cafe to wait for Caroline’s parents to arrive with our car, to take us home.

We think we could do it in one day. There would be less equipment to carry, no tent, no sleeping bags, just food and a stove, and fewer clothes. We’ll try that next year.

The Mont 24 hour Mountain Bike Race

Last Weekend Caroline and I participated in the Mont 24 Hour Mountain Bike Race (www.mont24.com.au) at East Kowen forest in the ACT.
We were in a team of six – initially we planned to participate as three couples but as one of us broke his hand we got a replacement. Still three boys and three girls, though.
It was a great weekend of little sleep, lots of exercise and it started raining Sunday morning, with just four hours to go – so we had a little fun in the mud as well.

I tracked my first three laps with Sports tracker, of course, but the fourth one was too wet and I left the phone back in the tent.
http://www.sports-tracker.com/#/workout/minhtam/d9nmh555fia8s4fa
http://www.sports-tracker.com/#/workout/minhtam/3gtg7ptogho4neap
http://www.sports-tracker.com/#/workout/minhtam/b5k3102fkubk4pn8

I’m hoping to find more photos online, but for now, just this one:

Fitz’s Tharwa Challenge

here’s another crazy challenge that we set ourselves: We decided to ride the 105 km Fitz’s Tharwa Challenge. It’s not a race, it’s on-road and it goes a little bit up and down (1300 m of climbing). As an incentive we decided to raise money for the OCF, who work towards finding cures for childhood cancer. Thank you so much to everyone who donated!

For experienced road cyclists this ride probably isn’t too much of an issue, but it’s more than we have ever done. On the failed ride to the coast we did around 80 km in one day in about five hours, but it wasn’t as steep. A few weekends ago we rode out to Wallaroo Road, which is almost 60 km and includes a big climb. Last weekend we attempted to ride out to Googong Dam, but were thwarted by a police road block for some unknown reason. We rode up Red Hill instead, which was another big climb, but was not very long. But good practice anyway.

At least my bike thought so, as it developed a crack in the rear chain stay. I panicked just a little bit and started looking where I could borrow a cross country bike (I have never ridden a proper roadie before and wasn’t going to make the Challenge my first time). Luckily, Steve at work was able to TIG weld the offending crack (and some other bits) on Wednesday, so I was able to use my bike today.

After enjoying Stonefest (it was great. Operator Please, Xavier Rudd, Boy & Bear, PENDULUM were excellent – Stupid drunk racist guys were not.) in the rain last night we had a short but good night’s sleep and got out there in the morning. The rain, as you can see in the photos, stopped just as we started the ride this morning, which was lucky in a way, because we didn’t get completely soaked. We didn’t get wet at all. It was also bad, because it meant that I should have put on some sun screen…

It was a really hard ride. We got to Tharwa without too many problems but the way home, especially after the last checkpoint was painful. Caroline is a great climber, but I’m not really. But we made it! And now we’re sore.

I’m glad we did it, and we’ll do some more rides of this length.

CRX two and F600 cross the Great Dividing Range

We attempted to ride from Canberra to Moruya in three days last weekend. People have made this trip successfully in one day (for the very fit ones) or two days, so we thought we coudl do it with two overnight stays in the tent.

Friends of ours woudl pick us up in Moruya and get us back home.

On the first day we made it to the camp ground in Tallaganda State Forest and set up tent. Unfortunately, that’s where the good part ended: As soon as the tent was up it started raining and pretty much didn’t really stop all nihgt, and the next day.On day two we got ready to ride past Araluen to the second stop, but took a wrong turn and found ourselves up on the Great Dividing Range, completely drenched and demoralised.It turns out the map we had, and the additional Google maps printouts we had taken, didn’t show a turn that we should have taken. D’uh! So we decided to just finish the horrible climb and descend down to Captain’s Flat instead.

It’s an embarrassing, disappointing ride, especially as there won’t be a three day weekend for both of us again until the end of the school year. But we’ll have to do it again, and get it right, this time.

Here are some photos from when it wasn’t pouring, and here is the Sports Tracker log for Day 1,  and a partial Day 2 (I couldn’t get a GPS fix due to the weather)..

Lesson learn: if you have a GPS, just use it to check where you are as well. And don’t blindly trust the maps. A real trip computer could have helped, too.

Canberra Times Fun Run

Today Caroline and I participated in the Canberra Times Fun Run. It’s a 10km run though Canberra organised by the Canberra Times and the Heart Foundation.

It was the first time for us to participate in a running event of any sort and so we were nervous. We have tried to arrange at least one, if not two runs per week for the last two months or so, but only ever reached a distance of almost 8km on our last run last Sunday.

We did however manage to finish the run today in very close to an hour. Our legs are sore, but we made it. I felt that running with others made it easier to keep going even with a stitch towards the 8km mark.I tracked the whole thing using the new Sports Tracker app, of course: http://bit.ly/cT4Phf

I thought the run was well organised, the roads were blocked for us and there was plenty of parking and water. There were a few things that didn’t work well, however: When we got to the start, we decided that we really shoudl go to the bathroom before running. The problem was, that there was only little toilet block , and so the girls’ line was already at least 30 people long (I had an advantage, the boys’ line was short). We, and maybe 10 other people missed the start, becasue we were still waiting in line. WHy didn’t anyone think to set up some portaloos at an event with 3000+ runners? Luckily the timing starts when you cross the starting line, so we’ll still find out how long we ran for.

It was fun, and we’ll try and do some more!

quick post: a sign of things to come

I have a new bike! Read more »

The Mont 24 hour cross country race

Last weekend I participated in the Mont 24 at Sparrow Hill (ACT). It was the first time for me and also for thee others in our team of six. We were all very excited and scared but it worked out really well. Read more »

I love Nokia Sports Tracker

That’s nothing new to people close to me, but I’ve never really told anyone else.

Nokia Sports Tracker is a great free application for Symbian phones with GPS. It tacks you on the map in what it calls a ‘workout’. Read more »

walked 8371 steps today.