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26 August 2012
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August has been pretty crazy.
I can't believe I am still here, with energy and managing to rock up to races, have fun, do my job of being there and then able to knock up a win!

After coming back from the Jet Black Rocky Trail Entertainment 12hr in Sydney, Norm and I got stuck straight into work again.
Meeting our MTBSkills crew at the Melbourne aiport and the rest in the city we hung around for pics, checking out the Giant 2013 range at Zinc in the city, coffee, hot chocolates, and delish Melbourne winter sunshine.  

A great day, great people, great bikes and a great sleep that night...with 3 days to catch up on work, recouperate and get ready to head up to Cairns on Friday 17th August (via plane of course!).
Norm William and I were running MTBSkills clinics the day before the inaugral Atherton 8hr which used to be the Herberton 8hr.
Long story short, David Prete contacted me to see if we could come up, do some courses and have a race.
We knew we had to make this work, to get to Atherton at the end of a Victorian endless winter and be warm for a few days

My Artistic energy returns...and some race form...

12 August 2012
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Since winning the WEMBO SOLO World 24hr Championships in Italy back in May, its been a while since my energy has been in the zone to update my blog.

After coming back to reality, returning to Australia, a heap of work and responsibility its also been hard to muster the desire to train with the outcome of improvement in speed power etc...

Being a person very much in need of intrinsic motivation, I find that when I am in a place that saps the creative energy that drives me I HAVE to just chill, get back to a happy place,

Success is never as easy as it may seem. - Chapter 4

31 May 2012
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With daylight comes renewed energy & excitement that the race is coming to a close.

I still find it hard to believe that I just kept pedaling and here I am...nearly 20 hours later still riding.

I always say to myself and openly share the simplicity of this thought: “A day will pass regardless of how you manage it, the sun sets and rises with no thought about us and our actions. How we use this day is up to us so use it with NO regrets, savour every moment and be present in the moment. Use this day

I love the night...Chapter 3

27 May 2012
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After I had secured that little 2 minute buffer, Rickie and I continued to battle but this time alone, knowing inately that we had to ride everything as the other person would be doing this too. Precious seconds turning into minutes would be lost or perhaps gained if we could ride everything on every part of the trail.

There were sections such as the long grind with loose dirt on the hurty ½ of the lap where I promised myself to ride this beyond midnight, my first walking lap was 1:00am and after that I rode it the next 3

The first 6hrs...a race in itself. Chapter 2

26 May 2012
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After Ricky & I settled into our race, we lapped together, sometimes I would be at the front sometimes she would.

As I would come through transition, I would always take a few moments to pick up food or drink, it seemed that Ricky would gain about 20-30 seconds in this time. I never worried about it, as I would be on her wheel before long keeping my same pace. I was very concious of expending more energy than I needed. Patience. Not to worry at all – let Ricky do her thing knowing that I had a plan

World 24hr Solo Champs - Finale Ligure - Race start. Chapter 1

24 May 2012
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Where to start?
What do my readers want to know?
What can I tell you that you dont know already?
Perhaps I write a story “documentry style” - a blow by blow account of the race?

Here goes...

Chapter 1 – Before the race.

We arrived at the race village around 10:30am, the race started at 1pm.
It was cold, about 18 degrees with light drizzle, which I did not mind at all.
I spent the next hour visiting the portaloos – there goes 2kg!

I then got started on warming up the mind, preparing the body and getting some liquid carbs in, Torq recovery

My world championship winning bike

22 May 2012
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Winning a world championship requires reliable equipment.  When we setup my bike, reliability is always a consideration.

Here's an insight into one of my bikes.  I had two virtually identical bikes for the 2012 WEMBO World 24 hour solo championships.

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Wembo World Solo 24hr MTB champs - Finale Ligure "today is the the day"

19 May 2012

 

Time to head off.

Its race day.

I slept by myself last night and kept revisiting my race in my sleep.

It was so exciting, I am so relaxed, its all just a great day waiting to be had.

In all the excitement of it all, I do have to remind myself whether I be racing le Tour de France or the Wembo World solo 24hr champs in Finale Ligure...it is just a race where I have worked hard to be a contender.

Its a day in my life that I must cherish and remember with acute memories and really soak

Italy – The day that was...Tuesday 15th May 2012

16 May 2012
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It's Wednesday now, around 7:00am.

I have been up since around 5:45am, I think I went to bed around 9pm last night, totally stuffed.

Yesterday was a great day...let me tell you about it.

 

After getting some work done in the morning here in our apartment, we rode down to the town of Pietra Ligure, spent some money at Vodafone store, had a morning coffee and when we got back some more of the Australian contingent had arrived.

So we waited for Jason English to get his bike sorted and we all went up the hill to the

Day 2 - Finale Ligure

15 May 2012
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I have been in Italy for my 3rd day now.

It already feels like a week.

I have to keep asking myself what day it is...and yet it feels like a forever away until race day.

 

Its Tuesday 15th May, 8:54am.

This morning we were organised and actually had breakfast and coffee at our apartment.

My breakfast consisted of an entire punnet of strawberries chopped up with some cereal muesli flakes and yoghurt with a strong coffee made in the good old italian stove top thingies.

Norm had poached eggs, thick white bread, tomatoes and fresh basil and prosciutto

24hr Preparation nearly in the bag – hope it fits!

10 May 2012
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We get 20kIMG 2946g each Plus 15kg excess lugguage for bike boxes, thats 60kg between the Norm & I.

 

To pack:

Liv/giant cycling gear, numerous changes and warm weather gear too

2 x pairs of Shimano MTB shoes

2 x Giro helmets

Gloves, socks & accessories needed for extremeties

2 pairs of Oakley Radars

My Garmin Monitor & HR belt

General clothes for day to day living

Shoes & jacket etc...

Toiletries

Liv/giant bottles

Torq nutritional needs

supplements and vitamins

Light & Motion light heads x 3

Light & motion 6 cell batteries x 6-7

Schwalbe Rocket Rons 2.1 x

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