As i started getting more familiar with the new Secrets track i made a segment on Strava for a loop up Gyndier Drive and down Secrets, and to my very great surprise i was sitting 3rd, behind 2 staff members of a local bike shop (both seriously good riders).
We all know the proper course of action in such a situation, go on the attack!
Being the terrible mountain biker that i am, the only place i could make time was the tarmac, so having smashed it out as best i could with my current (limited) fitness, i was looking pretty 2nd hand by the time i reached the trail head. So 2nd hand in fact that i was barely able to stay out of the saddle, which is a significant impediment on Secrets. I still managed to come out 28 seconds ahead, for my first KOM in a VERY long time.
Only 2 days later though, it was gone, a whopping 43 seconds taken off by an even faster proper MTB rider. And a few days after that, the deficit went up to just under a minute as another bloke entered the fray. That's a massive chunk of time over just 3kms, but the bit is between my teeth now, and i'm looking forward to clawing back whatever i can.
It will be a while coming though, as on a quiet ride last Friday all kinds of hell broke lose in the freehub, leaving me to limp out with a 7 speed fixie.
Now what are the odds of a replacement freehub being available for a 21 year old STX RC?
As it turns out, pretty damn good. While that's on it's way, i've managed to borrow a wheelset from a mate, but i'll be happy when the 3+kg STX/Velocity wheels are back on (they somehow ride really well in spite of the extraordinary weight).
With the ATX temporarily out of action, my attention turned to the long neglected Shiv.
It does have a matching front wheel, but it makes the front end rather excitable in any kind of crosswind, so i opted for something shallower for the first ride.
Other than needing to nudge the arm rests out a touch, the setup is very good, though the legs weren't capable of doing her justice. Most of the ride was accordingly uneventful, with the exception of a tailwind assisted sprint (complete with Cavendish style head bobbing) to catch and keep up with a car doing just less than 60kmh. 1.7kms at 52.7kmh is not a bad effort considering.
With Gyndier Drive closed this weekend for the Noosa Hillclimb, a mate by the name of Andy the Fixie Guy and i headed for the Sugarbag Rd trails at Caloundra. We had heard a lot about the trail work being done down there and were expecting big things. Unfortunately what we found instead was an unending nightmare of rocks, tree roots and carpentry projects.
Now i can see that a lot of work has gone into those trails, and i get that people enjoy a challenge, but when there's barely more than 50 metres of clear track anywhere between all the pallet timber on and over logs (a liability in today's wet weather), the opportunities to actually enjoy riding are few and far between. One whole area was nothing but unrideable North Shore style insanity.
With no flow anywhere to be found, we covered less than 9.5kms in 2 hours, but we still managed to have some fun, and both appreciate the trails at Wooroi more than ever.
Off to work at the servo now, as it's pissing down rain hopefully it will be nice and quiet.