Well this my first night ride for about a year. Do I need lights? was the question to Dave. I can’t remember!
It had been a very hot day preceded by three or four hot dry days. So the trails were calling, it was due to pi..zz down tomorrow.
Dave and I rolled up to Hylands rendevous and were met by Markymark, Steven (i think), Dazzler And AJ on the Tandem. I nearly turned round at that point, thinking no way will I keep up with a small and fit group.
Darren assured me, no problem Jem you can hop on the back of the tandem if your struggling. That’s enough incentive for me to try and keep up on Dave’s borrowed 29er.
Markymark suggested the same route as last week, Bocketts, Alsation, Chainbreaker, High Ashurst climb (C1), Box Hill, China Pig, Mickleham, Norbury, Infestation and back to Bocketts.
Off we all set! Down the new found trail parrallel with the tarmac to Bocketts, pssssssss, thup thup thup thup, Sh….t!! Rear tyre side wall rip for me and an instant deflate. Must be something about Dave’s 29er tubeless tyre choice 🙂
Thanks to Dave and Amanda supplying a tube and gas cartridge, the team were on their way again. I was the rear gunner for the duration of the ride, so that no one was held up due to my lack of fitness and abilty. The only drawback was the excessive dust (think of D2D two years ago). Only a minor problem as the trails were blindingly quick (unlike me).
Everyone cleared the C1 climb but moi. They were waiting so long for me at the top. My lack of fitness together with a 1×9 setup, the legs were on strike and not crossing the pickett line. Suffice to say, pushing was my only way up today.
How do Dazzler & AJ go so fast down China Pig on a tandem? It defies the principles of physics on a bike the length of an Aussie road train!
The Ellswoth duo parted our company at the base of China and the remaining four dropped down into Mickleham over the A24 towards Norbury. Here I decided to set an easier cadence via the cycle path on the A24 and the leisure centre.
Then there were Three, off to Infestation and home. A couple of hours out on the bike at what seemed a fast pace for me, not so for the others i’m sure. Really enjoyed once again getting out with my mates.
Here starts the fitness regime, I’m on my way back… SWEET…