Red Bull Bushrangers 12hr SOLO fun time at Jubberland


Red Bull Bushrangers 12hr MTB Enduro at Jubberland, Castlemaine, September 26th 2015. 

The short notice of the 12hr race held an appeal for me in many aspects.
I had been methodically training since my return from Italy at the start of June.
With already eleven weeks of training and progression and the aim to turn up to the Aussie national 24hr solo champs on October 10th & 11th the timing of this event was almost perfect.

It was decided that a good 12hr hit out on the mountain bike would serve well as a big load training day with much to observe,

The Long Awaited Battle with Kate

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The Long Awaited Battle.

I had heard it on the grapevine, Kate Penglase was keen to race me before she went off to the WEMBO World Solo 24hr Champs in Weaverville. 
We had a 45 min tussle at the Geelong MTB Club No Frills Friday in a handicap and she came out victorious but it was hard to tell what might have happened had we been in a head to head.

Kate has been on the 24hr and Vic Enduro series scene for a few years now.  In fact I even think I was still coaching one of her support crew

Shimano XTR M9000 Di2 - The Review

2015 - Year of the Shimano XTR Di2 upgrade.

It was a few months ago now that I was gifted with the 2015 Liv 27.5 Lust Advanced 0 from Giant.  This years colours are to my liking with aqua purple and black giving it a feminine and strong appearance.

Stoked to get the new bike, I was only a few weeks off receiving my aftermarket special delivery of XTR goodness to stick on this lovely Lust.  The conversation with Mitch at Shimano went something like this,”Jess would you like to try out the Di2 XTR gear this year on your no.1 bike?”

Back from Italy, Straight into winter, jump back into racing and a BIG goal to smash.

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I returned from Italy on the 17th June with 3000kms and 35,000 vert meters in the legs from working on bike tours with Dave and Emma of Top Bike Tours.  The weather was sunny, the roads hilly and the daylight hours long and enjoyable.

Of course my return came with the onset of winter here in Australia and the winter solstice too, the shortest day in our year.  

Norm and I returned to Melbs at 5:20am on a Wednesday morning, after losing 8hrs and basically one nights sleep I thought life would be not too bad, head out for

Euro Adventure for 6 weeks

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The last six weeks spent riding and being a tour guide for Dave and Emma has created memories that will last a lifetime.

I have been home 1.5weeks and its time to give you an update on the last 2 tours.

Tour of Corsica was so much fun, with the beginning of summer about to start it was a perfect introduction to managing a group, driving overseas and riding on roads in not so great condition.

11140366 10152792573381003 7395165029518702837 nWe arrived back in Marone for a week to clean bikes, catch up on sleep and ride as much as I had free time.

2015 Forrest 6hr & Top Bike Tour of Corsica

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Nearing the mid point of 2015 already reminds me that even though each day might be full of tasks to achieve, in the end these days go far too quickly and this new age “living in the moment” movement really has some merit.  For if we spend so much time planning and preparing and ticking off boxes to achieve the next thing…we have lost the moment that is today.

10995439 10152770668766003 4042567100685909980 nMy todays will soon be memories of 2015 and today I am sitting on a ferry from Ajaccio (Corsica) to Nice, with 5.5hrs to kill and no internet I chose to