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Kowalski 2016 - a tale of 2 halves

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Kowalski 2016

The Kowalski Classic is one race in the year that I really don't like to miss. The amount and quality of singletrack really make it unique and also perhaps the toughest race on the calendar. After a long wet winter I had almost no time on the mtb but I had been doing plenty of road km's in preparation for the Tassie 3 peaks. So I was pretty fit and raring to go! No excuses this time!

Kowalski Classic - Singletrack Overdose

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As I peeled myself out of bed this morning, hobbled towards the bathroom like an 80 year old man, coughed up a bit of lung and tried to speak which turned more into a croak - I still had a manic grin on my face and twinkle in a sleep encrusted eye!

The Kowalski Classic is like a dream - endless ribbons of singletrack reeling off into the forest, swooping into gullies, arcing turns, grinding climbs and moments of airborne ecstasy!

AMB 100

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Wowzers, I am really happy to have survived that! And it really did become all about survival - the heat, the climbs and then as fatigue set in surviving the descents! Oh and surviving the 3:15 wake up.

Some highlights were - a beautiful cool lap under lights of Stromlo, including being on top of the mtn for sunrise - then bombing down Skyline and Luge! Friendly volunteers - man they were enthusiastic! Skyline, Luge, Double Dissolution 5 TIMES!

A pretty memorable day!

Kowalski 100

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Well after 6 months of sitting on the sidelines due to a DVT and hitting a tree I was super eager to race again. I had my eye on this race for months out and was really excited to head down to Kowen/Sparrow and sample the delights on offer. And I had my fill and then some!

Started in wave 3c. Now I have to say that the congestion was ridiculous. I think I was in a conga line till 30km at least. I didn't let it bother me though and just enjoyed the endless flowing ribbon of singletrack. Some people around me were getting really up tight though.

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