Jess Douglas

Domestique 7Peaks Series - Mt Buller 22nd Feb

28 February 2014
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Its been a pleasure to be back on 200 mts above sea level, home in Forrest.
Spending the last 3 and a bit weeks on Mt Buller, well...lets just say a recovery ride means riding down the hill and getting a shuttle back up.

Last weekend thanks to Nth East Tourism, The Climbing Cyclist and Hells500 crew and Mt Buller Resort management a very amazing event was held at the base of the mountain.
A full road closure from Mirimbah Ticket box all the way to Mt Buller – a heavenly climb of around 15km.

What was more amazing was that this gig was FREE! The crew make enough money out of the sales of their Hells500 kits, socks, hats etc...and support from local councils to give this opportunity away for a fat zero!
As I was staying on the mountain anyway, and knew that I would be serving these latte sipping roadies at The Corner Store Buller post event, with a full road closure, and costing me zip, I was in.
I have to say, after doing the Gravity 12hr at Bright the weekend prior my legs were not feeling the same zip as my purse was. No matter, its a climb and

Who is Jess Douglas? A life of learning. Chapter 1

20 February 2014
dad and me

Who is Jess Douglas?
A life of learning.

Chapter 1

When I was young, I recall the thrill of my first bike that was given to me when we lived in Bellerine Street in Geelong. It was at the beginning of my 5th year, and there were no training wheels, just a bike with my dad telling me to pedal as he hold the back of my seat.
And so I pedaled and carried momentum and rode a bike from that day forward.
I won't tell you untruths about my ability to jump gutters and do other daring stunts, rather I will admit

Time to get racing Jess! 2014 a new year.

18 February 2014
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Two weekends ago I raced one of the MTBA National rounds in the discipline of XCO.
Short 5km course at Mt Buller. I love Mt Buller, the tracks are always fun yet to race them its a tough hit out.
The XCO course included leaving the village area up a road climb, and into single track with a lot of descending for about 5 minutes. Then the rest of the course was up, up and some very steep up.

Whist the ratio or up to down did not suit my curent fitness level, I faced up to the event with the

Reflection on my year that was 2013

17 January 2014

Sounding like a broken record yet again...its been a while since my last blog entry.
Life gets away from me.
Each day is so engaging and the ease of a picture and a quick blurb on Facebook allows me to communicate in a brief moment.
Blogging on the other hand, I find once I start I can't stop.

Perhaps a little like a 24hr race, once the race starts I am on, yet moments before I am unsure, unable to imagine myself riding at 2am tomorrow morning, yet knowing that when I start time will pass and I will live to tell

Learning new tricks at Mt Buller

17 January 2014

Last weekend Norm and I went to Mt Buller, for two reasons, to catch up with The Corner Store Buller, the staff and to help out a bit. The other was to ride our bikes, together as husband and wife, as mates, riding buddies. Norm and I don't really do this often, maybe Brew Crew on a Thursday night is the time we might both be on the same track at the same time. Its a little different though, hanging out with 10 others and chatting with them is like we are there together but not interacting with each other.