Day 2 – Stage 2 Mavic Crossmax Enduro at Bike Buller MTB Festival 2014.

09 March 2014
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Day 2 – Stage 2 Mavic Crossmax Enduro at Bike Buller MTB Festival 2014.

After yesterdays hassles on the bike, today was going to be good!
I still felt fresh, had a good nights sleep, feeling happy and bike was all good to go.
Todays format is a multi lap xc style enduro with a bit of a downhill twist using the best bits of Copperhead and the Chairlift back to top.
You can do 3 really awesome laps and thats all if you like and then start to fang it down to Mirimbah for the final “super D” style run.
In the end

Bike Buller MTB Festival - March 2014, Stage 1

08 March 2014
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Sitting in the luxury of a bed, blankets on, pillow propped up on my back, mineral water by my side and freshly showered...todays race is already a blur – as I knew it would become.

I am at Bike Buller MTB Festival 2014.
Day 1, Stage 1.  50km Marathon

http://www.rapidascent.com.au/BikeBuller/ 

I have been doing this event since 2009 and no matter what happens on a given day during this event, I still love it year after year.
It seems I have a good year, then a not so good year, and so on...
This year I will admit my greatest fear is my

Bike Buller MTB Festival - March 2014, Stage 1 (2)

08 March 2014
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Sitting in the luxury of a bed, blankets on, pillow propped up on my back, mineral water by my side and freshly showered...todays race is already a blur – as I knew it would become.

I am at Bike Buller MTB Festival 2014.
Day 1, Stage 1.  50km Marathon

http://www.rapidascent.com.au/BikeBuller/ 

I have been doing this event since 2009 and no matter what happens on a given day during this event, I still love it year after year.
It seems I have a good year, then a not so good year, and so on...
This year I will admit my greatest fear is my

GMBC Gazebo 3hr - You Yangs 1st March 2014

05 March 2014
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Last week I found myself looking at “what did I have planned for the weekend?” only to get an email reminding me I had the Gazebo 3hr at the You Yangs on.
Mild trepidation, mild excitement mixed with the thought of knowing I was travelling to the You Yangs from Forrest (200km round trip x 2) twice this weekend.

Oh and the loop marked for the 3hr multi lap enduro was a fun one, even if the knowledge that my climbing is suboptimal at the moment.
Leaving the event centre, climbing up the friendly gradients means that you go harder and expect

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

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