Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Racing Plans for the Year Ahead

2011 is here and I needed to look at what racing I wanted to do this year and to start thinking about what training will need to be done for the year ahead.

The first thing I have decided is to diversify!

What does this mean you ask?

Well for the last few years I have heard all this talk of how great road racing is, well I am about to find out. I have made a decision ride criteriums and race in the open road races local to where I live.

So the Road Calender looks like this:

Sizzling Summer Series - Round 1
27 Feb 2011 – Crestmead
Sizzling Summer Series - Round 3
13 Mar 2011 Crestmead
25 Apr 2011 - Lakeside
Battle on the Border
29 Apr 2011 - 2 May 2011
Ipswich Open
7 May 2011 - 8 May 2011 - Rosewood & Mt Marrow
Metropolitan Championships
28 May 2011 - 29 May 2011 - Murarrie and Mt Alford
Avanti Classic
26 Jun 2011 - Lowood
Tour of the Scenic Rim
23 Jul 2011 - 24 Jul 2011- Boonah

I am looking forward to the new challenge of racing my beloved ‘FREZONI’ in anger for the
first time.

Don’t worry I am still planning on racing MTB!

In the last few years the races I have entered have generally been 12 or 24 races, this year I am planning on racing some shorter races planned for the local area including a 4 hour event in March.

With plans for some longer racing in the next few years, I need to extend the type of events I am entering so a few loose plans are in place to travel to South Australia for the Mawson Marathon in June and the Tour de Timor in September. Travelling to Timor-Leste will give Miriam (the wife) and me a chance to holiday post race in Atauro, which is located north of Timor-Leste.

So the MTB Calender is shaping up to look something like this:

14th to 15th January LunarC - 8 hours (Brisbane)
6th March 4 hour- Old Hidden Vale
10th April 6 hour -Murrenbong
17th April Australian Marathon Championship Mt Joyce
14th and 15th May 24 hour - Old Hidden Vale
June, 2011 Kona Mawson MTB Marathon (Dates still to be released)
367 kilometre event in flinders ranges S.A.
19th June 8 hour - Old Hidden Vale
24 - 25 September - Angry Doctor MTB Enduro
12th to 13th November - Highland fling (Maybe the 100mile)

See you out on the trails soon!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

An over due up Date!

After putting this up-date off for about 4 months here is quick report on how the remainder of 2010 turned out.

I think looking back at the end of it all, everything turned out pretty well!

A goal identified late 2009 early 2010 was, to qualify for the World Solo 24 hour championship in Canberra during October this year. I was able to achieve this in Tasmania where I raced the Kellevie 24hr race during March 2010, finishing 10th overall my best result achieved up to the this point in a 24hour solo race. My racing over the past 12 months has moved from casual enjoyment to a more competitive nature. Other results over the past 12 months included 24th overall in the Merida 24hr in July at Hidden Vale.

With my qualification out of the way and a ticket for the start of the Adrenalin World 24 hour Solo championship in Canberra booked training took up most spare time to make sure I was ready. With a lot of fantastic support from Shannon from Koiled Imports I purchased a new 29er FORM ‘prevail’

The road trip and the experience of reaching the start line of the Adrenalin World 24 hour Solo championship in Canberra would not have been achievable without the support of family, my wife and great friends.

We spotted a few interesting things along the way including a condemned prawn and big mossie

The race was tough!

But through the help of Garry, Shannon and others I made it to the end in one piece and in an awesome position in my age group and overall standings. The final results were 20th in age group (35-39) and 175th overall from 411 starters.

A big congratulation goes out to Rach who was able to finish 2nd in age group which is an awesome result...

The remainder of the 2010 did not involve much riding but spending time with friends and relaxing just a little bit before I identify my next goal...

Stay tuned for what 2011 is going to bring...