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2017 Convict 100

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Having competed in 12 of the 13 runnings of this event since its inception in 2005 it is always a highlight for me. That first year was by far the toughest with 3 big climbs starting with Jacks Track then climb up 8 Mile Track (the descent the 68km riders do now) then the climb up Blue Hill (the descent the 100km riders do now).

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First Convict 100

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Here's my race report that I wrote for our race team facebook team. **I've been mainly road riding for the last year as driving to trails to go mtbing became tiresome so it's a predominantly roadie team.**

I nearly didn't do this race, bring diagnosed with cellulitis 48 hrs before the start wasn't ideal but against medical and the wife's advice I did it anyway!
A very early alarm call started the day, followed by a 2 hour drive to St Albans. This is the worst part of mountain biking when living in the city - no trails nearby.

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A Return to MTB Racing

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After injuring my knee in early 2015 and then having knee surgery in February 2016 it's been a couple of years since I've raced my mtb. I finally got back on the mtb at the end of last year and then decided to get a bike that was more for fun than racing as I was currently on an Epic. I got the Rocky Mountain Element and have set it up with wide rims, 2.3 tyres, dropper post, short stem etc so not really a XC race bike.

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Convict 2017

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Preparation was a bit disrupted by a 3-week trip to the US for my son’s wedding during April. Only one flat ride early in that trip meant there was a bit of catching up to do once back in Oz the week before the race. After a few rides that week, I felt pretty good on the lead in and was hoping for a better result than last year’s 6th in the really old blokes’ category.

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Rocky Trail Shimano GP 4Hr - Rydal

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First time riding at Rydal. Usual casual but smooth organisation from Rocky Trail. Nice little track courtesy of CTMTB. The track flows pretty much along the side of a ridge, crosses over and then flows back up along the other side. Not much in the way of climbing or descending, just plenty of tight single track. Brake, pedal, brake, pedal. On it all day. Plenty of trees and branches on corners. As a tall guy, I felt at some risk of concussion if I didn't get the cornering right.

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Wet Willo

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The weekend weather forecast had been foreboding, but reports from Wingello indicated it wasn’t looking too bad on Saturday afternoon. After waking to heavy rain early Sunday, a quick check of the BOM radar and the NOBMOB weather page convinced me that heading off into the wet darkness was right thing to do.

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Tasmania MTB trails video reviews

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Hi all,
As Bangers and I compiled the Tasmanian MTB Guide Book last year we took the opportunity to film some video footage so people could get a feel for each trail. Now the book is out I've been busy getting these videos out. We called them AFTERGLOWS as we often talked about the trails straight after the ride so it was our first impressions.

Normally about 2 minutes long for each trail there is a youtube channel you can browse to find a trail you're interested in:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNJzzYyHEh558GD...

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Eastern Blue Mountains Escarpment Master Plan survey

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The BMCC has released a proposed Master plan for the eastern Blue Mountains escarpment including Knapsack Gulley and Yellomundee Regional Park as well as Yellow Rock. Please take time to invest in their very short survey and propose more cycling infrastructure including the reopening of the old Glenbrook tunnel. https://bluemountainshaveyoursay.com.au/seemaste...

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HUGE NEWS. Perth & Peel Master Plan out for consultation.

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The scope of this is huge and the impact if it is supported by the community will be amazing. Take 5 minutes to look at the sheer scope. Rotnest Island, Kings Park, Joondalup it is all in there. Well done to all involved. I've only skimmed at it while sipping my coffee but it warrants a good read.

The press announcment:

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Tasmanian Mountain Bike Guidebook is out

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After the success of the WA MTB guide book we decided to do a guidebook about an area that a lot of riders are interested in, Tasmania. My riding partner/wife and I spend some time this year there and then many months in front of a computer putting it together. If you have the WA guide book it will feel very familiar but with over 40 places to ride Tasmania has a lot to offer MTBers and the future for riding there is very exciting.

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