Friday, March 16, 2007

Nija Paddling

Check out Jims 3rider blog soem over night nija paddling action!

Mega Avalanche training day 2

Day two training, well not day but night time.
Headed out to Woodbury common on Tuesday with Tom Klampher and the Bike shed lads.
As night rides go this wasn't to technical or ballsy just a bit too much up hill for me. Had to jump off a couple of times as I've been having rear mech issues.This should be sorted today.A new mech purchased, more cash.....
The ride: We started off by diving into the woods around the earth works castle on the top of the common for fairly open single track, me trying to keep up with Tom as he had much better lights. A petzl head torch is not enough for night riding, i need some better lights.The single track then steepened up a bit as dove into a more flowing section through the woods with a couple of nice step downs and a stream crossing. more up hill and claggy mud brought us to what i thought was the best section of the night, I think they called it "stumpy, rooty" a nice down hill section with berms and some jumps in it.I'm going to try6 and find that section again today. I say try as i have know idea where it was on the common... it was dark.

as fair as training goes my bike is riding well and i must be doing some good, if i don't ride for a few days they stiffen up.Constant riding seems to be order of the day.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Alp D'Huez Race route France.

This is it! From the top of the mountain (top right at the end of the pink line) down to Allemond. 22 km's of ggrrrnnaarrrlllyy Down hill action following the longest Black ski run in Europe!!

Mega video!

Take a look at the random links for an 18min video of the Mega avalanche downhill race.
Now im very scared!

Mega Avalanch training: Day 1

Not quite appropriate picture but still biking.Me at Woodbury dirt jumps last summer(06)

Yup, we have started training for the Race. It's not until July but we are taking it fairly seriously other wise I'll die. Well not quite but it will punish us.
For those who don't know what this race entails I'll explain: 1000 mountain bikers all leaving the top of a 300mtr peak in the Southern French Alps all within the space of two hours. That's right, 500 bikers an hour down the side of a mountain!! The race starts above the snow line and for the first 800 mtrs you ride across the glacier, slippin' and slidein' as you go.The track then goes over very rough, non doctored mountain side until you reach some of the more groomed ski slopes, then it goes into single bike width tracks untill you reach the bottom at 800meters above sea level.17kms of mental down hill nuttyness! I'll never turn thirty again if this is the sort of thing it makes you want to do!!
Oh yeah the training! Well today we started with an easy one.A short 20 km loop from Princetown out on to the moor and then cutting down to Burrowtor reservoir and then a short road section before climbing about 250 mtrs up on to the moor again for one last 5km down hill section, a nice hard track with some large drainage ditches to jump.Fun.
See how the rest goes............