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By Lach - Posted on 25 March 2013

NB: Originally posted elsewhere on the Global Riders Network and appears via syndication.
Re: This ride meeting: 
Mont 24 2013
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Brady Bunch
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Well I’d always wanted to do a 24 hr race and now I have. Part of a Brady Bunch team with Hawkeye, Hans and our three sons (sounds like I’m channelling old TV shows there….)

What we thought might have been a fairly social category was pretty hotly contested and our 16 laps were only good enough for 8th out of 8 teams!
I did the lead out extended lap and two night laps before a loss of hydraulics had me virtually without a rear brake for much of the third lap. That and the lack of sleep from sorting out my son’s lights for his night lap between my two meant that I didn’t front up for a fourth lap on Sunday morning. A full 24 hrs of racing might have had us as high as maybe 7th place…. Smiling

Props to Hans’ son Ben, who got faster every lap, finishing with a 58:58 dawn lap. The rest of us weren’t "quite" that fast, with Hawkeye fastest of the dads.

Anyway, while the whole tent village thing is a buzz and the track was a great selection of sweet Kowen sniggle, I think I’m a bit over the whole “being passed by lots of people and passing a few as well” doing laps on nice but tight sniggle track. Maybe that’s an over-reaction to a slow 4.30 am lap with bugger-all sleep or rear brake. Not sure whether or not I was hallucinating, but it seemed like there were a lot of rubber snakes on the track that last lap....

If I was faster, I might enjoy it more, I suppose. However, although there is plenty of room for improvement in that regard, I’m thinking that it’s unlikely to eventuate. I think I’ll stick to the half XCM format where, after a bit of sorting out from the start, you largely end up riding with folks doing a similar pace. And maybe aim to ramp up the training a bit more when I become eligible for Grand Masters….. Eye-wink

Thanks to Hawkeye for organising the team and to Hans for organising the night training rides.

I thought you guys did really well. First time 24hr race, one of you hasn't ridden for quite awhile, it was certainly a jump in at the deep end.

I agree the half-XCM format is a great one, I may join you on the next one. I am under orders from Josh that we are to enter next year's Kowalski Classic. Those Kowen trails are seriously grin-inducing.

thanks for the kind comments. I was a bit disappointed with my efforts, but I think we got about as much out of Jordan as we were likely to. Those 20 km laps are a bit tough when you've only had a couple of rides in the last few years. And you choose to ride a hardtail...

Looking forward to trying the Kowalski Classic as well. Just need to manage to stop my wife organising holidays at that time of year....

I went out at 7.00pm & the snakes were there at that time I new they were going to be there so I expected it , it is a track that keep you on your toes .

Well done.
I saw one of you guys on floating around transition at some point..... noticed the jersey and the bright orange Tallboy (i remember the bike from Winmalee).

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