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1st big ride of the season
Date 09/Apr/11
20 Riders Andy400, Ash, Choko, CRFAndrew, FueltankerAllen, Jack, Jacko, Jason, Jeff 400, Martyn, mick450, Pounce, Relfy, slade, Steve, Thomas, Tommy, Troy450, WR Ross, WRLindsay
Rider of the day Not awarded
Stack of the day slade
Its April..riding time is on the mind...weathers coolin down a bit, the nights are nice and after a record heat wave in March its nice to get the flanny on. Cold up at the lakes though...better stand in the sun and soak up some of that. Nice cruise out to the lakes, suns a killer on the way up the hill...nearly do the world a favour and take out a pack of lycra clad cyclists...no just joshin..its a legitimate pass time...for many (get a rego and Ill treat you like a legit road user). Slow down cause I cant see a thing and nearly get over run by a truck with a giant pool on the trailer...he didnt really want to slow down. Shit...im a worse hazard than the double breasted, shaved legged cyclists.
Get up to the Lakes spot and its a healthy crew...turns out 19...a spectacle of sorts...mick and pounce are cool as cucumbers...good to catch up with these champions, blokes you want in your trench. Usual suspects are all there (ross, jacko, tommy, allen,)as well as solid stayers (chocko, andrew, Lindsay, jack, steve), fellas I havent met (troy and martyn), newish blokes (relfy and andy, slade, thomas), new bloke Ash on a DRZ 400...with brand spankin get up.... and all the other blokes.
It a procession down to the spot....get a bit toey on these bits cause Pounce wants to do 110 on gravel with a trailer and I cant see him anymore...ahh the trusty dust leads the way. Get parked...everyone gets busy. Choko nearly gets SOTD before the red rocket even fires up...two ramps off the ute...misses both. Despite best efforts it turns out a graceful dismount...horizontal bike averted.
Get into it....some fellas have some early problems and pull out...turn around before the first regroup...relayed messages. Jacko has a front flat early at this point and I see him prod the rubber in disbelief...yep...no air...bugger. No worries...slade rips out his magic green goo and it works a treat. Carry on through beautiful salmon gums country...the trees are in survival mode and retain only about 1:10 leaves, bark has dropped off...dropped branches...its a bit sad to see...but its Australia mate...land of this and that mostly happening at the extremes...thats why we love it...Im lovin it...quite grippy for so dry...its a mix of gravelly soils and finer grit so gives a better bite when the gas is put back on.
The valleys and creeks are dry...termites dont need much H2O they carry on no probs....this is ok actually because the place is like a never ending skate park... ramps..kickers...little launch pads....steep ups and downs....hairpin turns. Off camber tight ones...miss it and youre down a big rocky hole....get it right and youre roostin nicely and the front is going where its supposed to. Talk about pipes...Troys a charger...Tony Hawke on a dirt bike...flips it round, busts it up, gets on it...keeps on it...bikes makin a nice noise....good riding Troy loved bangin bars and getting loose in parts...Im laughin in the helmet. One snotty hill hes got no traction....bad...goes bush to avoid a stalled rider...keeps it on...front over a big log...back bites bad and its skywards sans rider for the kato...all at the top are hootin...he gets up and the adrenalins still pumpin.
ROTD to Tommy...the first section on Pounces second loop is sandy white sugary stuff and Tommys standup is rippin...Im on his heels and its a joy to watch the Yam. Serious note.... ROTD also because of strict adherence to our rules....fellas I think its our only one...Mental Note: if you are on a corner stay there no matter what (even in the middle of raging bushfires) stay there...have faith...the leader will know and come and find you....good chance to chill out..listen to the birds.. and pick up a few ticks. Tommy does this and hes honourably returned to the group after a bit (alot) of confusion through some cross country. Tracker.....if its your turn...keep a keen eye and trust your judgement...the fella in front is most likely doin exactly the same.
I hope a bit of last nights rain got up there and gave the lichen/moss a drink....the dark purple carpet on the granite gives excellent traction and you can see the tracks and sweet spots to gas it...but hell its like the fuzz on a scorched tennis ball.
Didnt see slade crash...couple of fellas did. Doesnt take much...your helmet is one for the shelf...line it up...it did its job. Put it up there...another tale to tell.
Lindsay is cursin way up a hill....havin dramas...a stack in the sand previously has left the energy stores depleted....never say die...Tommy descends and lends some muscle to get the girl movin. Shes not co-operating. The rider talks her language and she finally sings....hits a sweet spot and carries sweaty rider to the top...got there. Note to self...gas, gas, gas more gas. Full travel on the shocks today.
Its a fairly technical ride today..these creeks, rocks and drops keep the brain switched on...logs...logs...logs...clutch....clutch...clutch....spokes do their job. Excellent riding....Husky mike you need to be here on this one youd love it. Show us young bastards how its done.
Sizable axle high log here....slow down and stuff it up...stall on it...shit hate that...hear a yellin behind me and then a front knobby is trying to run over me. Its bloody Mick and I had to do this infront of him...both go down. Hes a bloody broken record about it..I will hear about it.... until the next one.
No water...sorry Steve...Steve stays upright...no SOTD for you today....Slades got it in the bag.
Cheers Pounce and Mick....Also Ross for challenging sweep duties...buy Tommy a beer. Thanks Jacko always a pleasure and Al...mate I reckon you need some stunt pegs. See you at your Kal ride.
Jeffro.



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