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A Liv/giant Odyssey - April 2014

02 May 2014
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The year is going so fast and the updates get left behind.

I had a great race from a personal level at the Giant Odyssey on the weekend, coming 5th right in the last few kms, to pass Naomi Hansen. The drive to do so was even stronger knowing that I could help secure a top 5 Liv/giant podium if I just believed and never gave up.Even more so special is to be 41, not so fit, yet strong and willing to suffer more than most and come away with a reward of a podium finish with a team of great girls.

In a couple of weeks we are heading off to Alice Springs to do the Ingkerreke MTB Enduro over 5 days. There is always competition, including my own self, the race and the event excites me as I do enjoy emmersing myself into a different work mode.

The lead up to the Giant Odyssey was a bit more relaxed this year, being in April after all the kaos of Australia Day long weekend, Summer trading at both of our retail shops and Easter.
I also had plenty of racing opportunities to see how I would fair for this

Just how do you get more women riding Mountain bikes?

03 April 2014
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Women and mountain biking.

I often get asked for my opinion on “how do you get more women racing mountain bikes?”, or just how do we get more women “riding bikes more often?”

When I search for my inner wisdom before responding, being a woman and all I relate best to my own personal experiences and of course have a lot of stories to tell from the women I teach on our MTBSkills clinics or just at events in general.

Let me offer a few of my thoughts as to why less women take mountain biking to the next level.

Going back to Alice Springs - I can't wait!

02 April 2014
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Its been a few years since I last visited Alice Springs, actually it was May 2011.I had signed up to do the Ingkerreke Commercial Mountain Bike Enduro.
After winning a lovely lump sum of $5K at the World Solo 24hr Championships in Canberra of October 2010 I paid my entry and booked my flights to Alice Springs after buying a new fridge of course.

The race proved to be everything and more I had dreamt of.
Firstlty I got picked up with other riders at the airport. Nothing to organise, just get bused to our acccommodation. I had arrived with my friend

Bendigo Golden Triangle Epic – 100km March 15th 2014

17 March 2014
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Whenever I am contemplating what to write about in a race report, I always ponder over “What did you learn about life today Jess?”
Racing for me is not just about a podium or the glory, it is far deeper than that.
I made a decision four years ago, when I won the 2010 World Solo 24hr championship in Canberra and suffered from the typical depression afterwards that there was more to life than winning.

And so I continually seek new focus and purpose for racing.

Firstly – if it ain't fun then don't do it again. Sometimes a venue or

Stage 3 – Cornhill Cranker Bike Buller MTB Festival

14 March 2014
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I find it amazing that my mind controls my body so SO very much.
Nervous very much so this morning.
For many reasons.

  1. An early start. 8:30am meaning there was no lazy getting ready this morning.

  2. That horrid climb start again, with the lap around the village roads and up the nasty steep climb beyond Arlberg to kick start the race. Would I be able to get into single track before it got congested.

  3. I really wanted to do well today and absolutely feared the pain I would be in for just over 1.5hrs. This is a XC style pace and this

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