Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Chase the Sun MTB Enduro Race

Sunday morning the wife (we'll call her Cari ) and I got up really early and headed to Lysterfield National Park so I could take part in race 3 of the Chase the Sun MTB series. It was a chilly morning, but the sun was out, making it a perfect day for a race.
The way this race works is that you do as many laps as you can in 6hrs. You can participate as a team of 4, 3, 2 or solo. I chose to go solo since I don't have any friends :(....
This is team Steve's headquarters location. Just behind me is part of the course.

This hottie started flirting with me, she stuck around to watch and cheer me on. Don't tell Cari!

There were tons of Roos in the park, and not the little dudes, these fellas were the big guys.

I strapped some gel's to the top tube of my bike for quick access. I think during the whole race I sucked back 15 of these things.....After the 5th hour they were getting a little hard to take, kind of like eating snot.

Cari got me a license plate for my bike.

So they had music playing before the race started, and Cari decided she wanted to dance.... I took this pic then left. She can be embarrassing sometimes.

Everyone gathered around to hear the race briefing.

Going by Cari during the race. She spent the day reading and doing some stuff for work.

So in the end I managed to do 6 laps. I was on the course for 6hrs and 11 minutes and only stopped for 20 minutes to get more water and gels. The bike worked great, not a single problem. The course was very hilly, it seemed like I just went from one major climb to another. Cari told me later that everyone around her was saying the same thing. Lysterfield park is an awesome place to ride. I used to love riding Dasiy Hill back in Brisbane but I think Lysterfield might just be a tad bit better. It's a popular biking park in Melbourne and is very well taken care of.

Next race is on the 16th of August. I'm doing my first duathlon and am looking forward to getting the new road bike out for a fast ride. Wish me luck...

Steve (6hrs in the saddle makes for a numb ass) Dickinson


Visible Voice said...

Cari I don't know how you do these races. I mean you must have to really train hard and put in a lot of sweat and tears to prepare. I mean a six hour one is HUGE! Like how do you keep yourself comfortable during those strenuous hours on the sidelines? I hope you have comfortable seating! I just don't know how you do it....keep up the good work Cari! I mean at least Steve has wheels! ;)

Anonymous said...

Steve, you crack me up!!! Just looking at your picture makes me laugh.

Pippy CS

Richard & Katherine said...

Good job Steve! Seemed like a lot of fun. You're so sweet Cari to sit there ALL day!
Hard to imagine that its winter there. It doesn't even look cold...