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Need to hit the gas harder

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Was an eventful first section for me yesterday, had the front tyre washout and also clipped a tree leading to an OTB. Racing Ralph tyres had no traction through the damp section of single track. After hitting the tree I had to stop and adjust the bars a couple of times. Luckily as I hit the road section to the first water stop I found a fast group to ride with. I only needed to stop for long enough to refill a bottle so left most of them behind at the stop.

Much fun!

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First "proper" race and had a ball.

Capital Punshiment

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After crashing badly at the National Champs in Adelaide and wrecking my bike, the guys at Jet Cycles in Sydney worked really hard with Specialized to get me sorted as quickly as possible. A huge thanks to them for all thier hard work - and patience with me as I stressed.

The bike was finished at 3pm on Friday arvo, I loaded it onto the back of the car and drove to 'berra.

Shame about that hill....

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Category was actually "super" masters, but for some obscure reason it's not on the drop down menu Smiling

This year's version almost lived up to the original hype about linking up the best of Canberra's sniggle into one great 100km race.

Starting to figure out these 100k'ers

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I unexpectedly managed to grab a free ticket on friday from CB (generous Nobmob member) and headed down that afternoon a little unprepared. Given i hadn't had any time to gear up for it, the game plan was to simply treat it as a training ride. I find i learn something each time i race, and this one was no different.

Sub 5 Hour 100k...depends which result you look at!

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So 6 days on from Willo and looking for a sub 5 Hour for Capital Punishment.

Got to the start and no rain and a little bit chilly but apart from that all good, headed out in the 2nd wave and came across a roadie immediately struggling with the single track, dispatched him and continued through the nice singletrack of Kowen, once again really found my flow in the singletrack and managed to pick up some places. It was a bit wet in some of the singletrack which led to a off, unfortunatly the Racing Ralphs didnt cope to well with some of wet patches, however no major damage.

road testing 1 * 9

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After watching AROC fail to do anything right at last years Angry Doctor I didn't have great expectations for this race. There were a couple of substantial changes to the course in the weeks leading up to the race so it was hard to tell if it was just going to be lots of commuting on roads and bike tracks with some token single track thrown in or a good course.

Rocky Trail GP Round 4 - Stromlo

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The Rocky Trail crew organised another slick event. This was the last of the 4 round series. Their events are always a relaxed affair and family friendly. I'm a real fan of the mt Stromlo trails but absolutely hate racing there. I hate the endless climbing without any chance of getting a rhythm going and then the rutted descents that jar your body. There's not a single corner out there where you can't stack.

crap result but awesome event

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One DNF = 1.5 hour lost
5 flats = 60 minutes lost
Flu and tummy bug = 2 minutes lost in last night lap
Best team time 1:02 by yours truly
Crap result but fun race.

Team Groover @ the Worlds

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LUCKY
I've been called a lucky guy a number of times in my life and feel luckier than most right now. Team Groover fell into place in the months preceding this race to give me my best chance at the World solo's down in Canberra. I was honoured to have so many friends and family step up and offer their help, which in turn enabled me to have my best performance ever in a 24 solo and this was my 8th.

THE TEAM

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