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24 Hours of Adrenalin 2013 – Team Work Hard, Ride Harder

First lap, the onslaught of bikes that follows the Le Mans start

60% of team Work Hard, Ride Harder, lazing around and waiting for our fearless leader to arrive back with a smoking fast first lap time

My first lap, pushing up through the meadow

There was at least one little black bear roaming around the course, I never saw him though

Second lap, around 8pm – late enough to carry lights, not late enough to need them

Finishing up my third lap at 3am – managed to snatch a few minutes of sleep between then and 6am, when I was up again

Early morning in the tent – all three teams feeling a little zombified

Wipe out!

Fast Fish pulling off a sub-one-hour lap, second last lap of the day


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24 hours of riding bikes, watching other people ride bikes, eating blueberries, and sleeping in a tent (and some adrenaline)

The Le Mans style start – lots of people trying to run in bike shoes in the mud. It did eventually stop raining, and the course dried up a bit, although remained pretty greasy in some sections for the rest of the race.

Riding over the evil bridge at the start of the race, on my Sunday morning lap.

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gravity 12 hr mountain bike


Riding four laps
Our team coming third
Winning treasure
Nice hard fast course
No mud!

Less good

Dry course = dusty course
Dirt in eyes
Inhaling half the course = speaking with husky voice for the next day


Putting a tear in the floor of your tent nearly a metre long

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from the werribee MTB enduro last weekend

A puppy

A teammate in a stackhat

The washing of the bike

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snakes on a plane

I’ve decided to enter the Scott (formerly the Mont) 24hr mountainbike race, held up near Canberra every year. Unfortunately due to high demand, all of the team places have been filled within five days of entries being open, so they’re only allowing solo entries from now on. Hence, I have decided to do it solo. Mad perhaps? Definitely. Laps of a 20km course, possibly lots of mud, definitely some single track, and laps in the dark. Probably lots of cold… possibly below freezing, even some snow if we’re lucky. I might have to start training. The aim is ten laps.

Here’s an artists impression of what the race will look like

Note – Artists impression may not be entirely accurate