Mountain Bike Shenanigans

We’re Gonna Die…
October 29th, 2006

…If we don’t get the food and nutrition right. Tyrrell is on the case. He’s thinking along the lines of more or less our base training i.e. work daily commute and extended weekend training and then following a plan close to that of the Cape Epic training program starting early December.

I think we are going to have to catch a beer over the weekend sometime soon and work out more or less the winter program that we could send to the professional coaching guys for advice. Oh and we need to get Tyrrell sorted with a winter bike so we can get those pedals grinding again.

The Third Orange
October 29th, 2006

Photos of the Orange full susser are now on the dedicated page. I’ll probably add some better photos once sunshine returns to the local skies. There is some useful information for Patriot owners on the Orange Mountain Bikes website, including suspension setup and background information. There is also some good discussion about setting up the new Fox DHX air shock on the Dirt Rag Forum.

It’s been a while
October 28th, 2006

The period from the middle of August through to the middle of October isn’t really my favourite time of the year. There is just so much going on that riding just seems to be a distant thought. Well other than commuting that is.

Near Nebo in North Wales

It was great to learn that Chilly and family were planning to head up to Wales on a holiday and that there would be a chance to get in some riding. I think it was the sort of motivation that I was looking for. So with Paul staying near Nebo this week and I headed over to Betws-y-Coed to ride the Marin Trail with him on Thursday.
The torrential rain that had led us to cancel our plans to ride on Wednesday had subsided and although the trails were a lttle wet in places it was generally a great ride and I think Chilly enjoyed his first taste on man-made trails. It was a great opportunity for me to test out the new bike and faff with suspension settings and things.

I’ve decided that the chain is a bit long and the rear disc calliper needs shimming a bit, but other than that it is in good shape. The tyres are the biggest I’ve ever run. There is certainly a sense that once this thing gets rolling it is going to plough through anything. Going uphill on tarmac on big sticky tyres isn’t my idea of fun…

Getting Patriotic
October 25th, 2006

Ordered the day we came back from the Alps in August, the new bike is finally here… A brand new 2007 Orange Patriot. It’s destined to become the bike of choice for big rides and taking on some of the runs that the hardtails just don’t quite cut it on.

Howies Patriot

It’s built up with a mix of bits, some of which were from the old Enduro, others which were spec’d up for the new build. The Hope braided hoses were a much needed move as the hoses were looking fairly battered and the front hose was actually strapped and taped up after being kinked when running the SC32s in the Alps.

2007 ABSA Cape Epic Route
October 18th, 2006

The route details, stage towns and our brand new finish location for 2007 will be revealed at our first-ever annual Charity Gala on Tuesday 24th October in Johannesburg. One of the prizes to be auctioned on the night will be a training ride for you and your friends with Christoph Sauser (multiple 2006 World Cup winner, twice overall World Cup champion and 2006 Absa Cape Epic winner) with a 2 night spa getaway at Spier hotel. We’ll also be introducing and offering a prize in our new all-girls ‘boot-camp’ programme for wives and girlfriends at next year’s Epic (details of this programme will be available on our website after the Charity Gala). All the guests will get a short DVD of next year’s route taken from our experiences while riding the trial ride of the route in September. We look forward to seeing all of you that have bought tickets at the Gala next week.

Kind Regards
Kevin Vermaak
Director – Cape Epic

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