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Kowalski Classic 100 2015

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What a race!

First thing was the goodie bag, socks, bottle, stem cap, free beer at the hotel, not essential but a welcome addition and a way to make you feel like you're goetting value for money - thanks Smiling

Start was good and I seeded myself mid pack of the 2nd wave which was perfect for my pace. There was very little passing in the first 25km as everyone was well suited on the climbs and the singletrack. This meant that there was no traffic even on the stairway to heaven.

A Tale of Two Races and a Missing Mojo

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The last two weekends have been races for me, the first in Queensland at the Flight Center Epic, and then the Kowalski Classic.
I have been pretty fit of late, and have avoided the various sicknesses and ailments that have been shared in my office, so was in pretty good spirits heading up to QLD.

Learning to Enjoy my Own Company

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I did the Wollombi Wild Ride two weeks ago as a practice race for the Kowalski, which turned into a 90% solo effort with not a single other rider sight for the rest of the race. Despite it being about as different as a race could possibly be due to its 60km length, purely firetrail and dirt road with two very steep climbs, it was nonetheless an opportunity to get some racing under my skin before the much-anticipated "singletrack marathon like no other." But little did I know how important the experience of riding solo was going to be...

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!

Kowalski Classic 2015 - Preview...

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Hey all - a quick preview of the Kowalski Classic that I wrote for the event promoters.
Hopefully it will inspire you to sign up if you already havent....

https://www.bikeexchange.com.au/blog/kowalski-cl...

Age cat win

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An age cat win in canberra - Was not expecting that. Almost made top 10 overall but not quite. Finished 11 overall.

So close

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What a great weekend . We only had one team to beat , that being our sister team of Cadence & Co Black.
After our first 4 laps there was only a second separating us . We were lucky to get through the next 4 with a carbon rim pulling spokes and showing severe signs of stress . This left 3 Leftys and only 2 front wheels . I couldn't help being on a Superfly. .The boys managed to change between the laps for the next 14 hrs.

3rd in a team of 4 - yay!

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Stoked 3rd in a team of 4. Stoked and exhausted

AMB 100

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There’s something about Stromlo…..

My 3 DNF’s have all been there or thereabouts. The wet Capital Punishment in 2010 due to the mud, the predecessor to this event also in 2010, due to a sore back. This time, it was a HR that quickly went through the roof and refused to settle down. I should have pulled out on the first climb, but stumbled around for a full lap with plenty of rest stops thrown in and lots of spinning in low gears. Managed to finish 1 lap just ahead of the 2 lap winners.

Did some skids.....

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I'll keep this brief, because it was a pretty uneventful race.
Jeez, it was a hot and hard day. the track was brutal - loads of climbing, rocks with sharp edges, and then jarring descents.

I've been working on some specific tech skills over the summer because I am sick of going to Stromlo (and other places really) and getting beaten due to a lack of tech ability or just being too cautious. alweays on the 'downs'. Sure local knowledge helps, but until I allowed myself to get past that (they will always know it better than me - use that to my advantage) I was never gonna compete.

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