19 August 2010

Working it

Wednesday was a great day for me. I got my Baja Bug running for the first time in a year, it was the hottest day of the year so far, and I was going out on a ride in the bush. It turned out to be the best ride I had yet been on, and I couldn't have asked for a better day.

When I arrived at the staging location, there were only about 5 other guys there. It looked like it was going to be a slow night. By the time we were ready to go, there were about 15 of us. We split into two groups, the faster and the slower. I once again opted for the fast group and had a nice group of 9 riders that were indeed fast. The president of the club led our ride, and I had brought a quick mount for my helmet cam. I lent it out to the leader to see how fast he rode. Wow is all I can say. Here's some footage of him.

I officially broke my first part on my bike on a steep uphill. There was a vertical rock wall on one side and a tapered rock wall on the other, I just lost my balance a bit and smacked off my rear left signal light on the wall. Luckily a screwdriver fixed it on the trail. No problems, I love my bike and it's low maintenance.

The last time I was out, I rode with a guy named Darren, we were both of a relatively equal skill level. He commented that he was a little bitter that he couldn't catch me on some trails, I I have some similar sentiment towards him. It seems that neither of us can catch each other unless the frontrunner makes an error. This was great for me, it was a real challenge that was kind of unspoken, but well understood between the two of us. We were both pushing each other to the limits of our skills. Here's me doing some fast paced riding.

Since the days are getting shorter we had to make a run for it near the end. I was pushing hard to keep up with the others, and was having a great time doing it. Please observe that I did have an off on the previous video, but it really wasn't a big deal. A great time was had, and I really hope I can get out a few more times before the snow comes. I hate that I'm already thinking about that.

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