WEMBO World Solo 24hr Championships - Canberra 2013 the history

22 October 2013

The longer I leave this post race recollection, the harder it gets, so many various stories have entered my mind on how to retell this journey I have been on.

Perhaps I will start at the very very start, just briefly.

To remind you my reader, I first got excited about riding and racing back in late 1992 when Norm and I moved to the Gold Coast. Norm's brother, Rick, had a few mountain bikes and lived in Nerang. We went for a ride in Nerang State Forest on some trails and whilst I was totally scared and did cry

Rest Recovery and Friendship in Townsville

18 September 2013
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Rest and Recovery in Townsville
Arriving back from Mongolia last week in Melbourne on Tuesday 10th September, I had more work to do before checking into my hotel room and then flying the next morning out to Townsville.
Norm helped me re pack my bags, bike bags and road bike so that I could leave my Mongolia gear behind with him to take home to Forrest.

I could not fathom going home first with a 2hr drive home, 2hrs back to airport. It was far easier to just stay here.

What made things a little on the tough side was that since

Riding the Lust 27.5 2

17 September 2013
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Riding the Lust 27.5 2

A couple of years ago, I loved my 26” Anthem Advanced SL 0 – black stealthness it was the bomb.
I even won the WEMBO 24hr Solo champs in Italy on 2 of these awesome bikes in May 2012.
I did however have a XTC 29'er in my stable as well, racing this for marathon style events and shorter races.

What I loved mostly about the 26” bikes I owned was their ability to ride with me on the trail.

Me and the bike, we just rode, changed direction, sped up, climbed hard, accelerated quick, jumped, mono hopped,

Mongolia Bike Challenge - The Last few days

15 September 2013
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Mongolia Bike Challenge...the last few days

I don't even know what day it is as I write this, I just know that I no longer have to pedal my bike on Mongolian soil for the rest of our trip. The race is over.

How did I fare? Well to be honest it was a lot of hard work and fierce competition from up front and from behind. I finished 4th overall in the females yet I am pleased to say that my tolerance to pain and ability to come good improved a lot. My time gaps to Erin Greene who

Day 6 & 7 in Mongolia - Stage 3 & 4

10 September 2013
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Day 6 in Mongolia – Bigger than yesterday!
Stage 3

On paper todays stage was 148km
2000mts of climbing including the final 28km being a long climb to the finish which is nearly at 2000mts above sea level.

We had some rain last night and even as the sun was setting the thunder was clapping loudly over the range. Whilst our rain appeared to be negligable, the excess water on the lumpy bumpy roads would deliver proof that it did in fact rain.

I felt reasonably good to start with and stayed with the front group for at least 5km before

Day 4 in Mongolia - Race day no.1

09 September 2013
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Day 4 – Finally I get to race the Mongolia Bike Challenge

For those who want to know, the facts on todays stage:
Stage 1- Sunday 1st September 2013
Start at the Chinggis Khan statue, 7:30am.
Distance 120km
Elevation Gained 2900mts

It was cold this morning, breakfast was bland sultana bran yet still I was eager to just get started and see what it would feel like to hurt, it feels like its been so long since I have suffered in a race...I mean really suffered. Maybe the last time was Terra Australis back in 2011 with Brad Davies?

24 hr racing hurts,