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What a difference a year makes

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So, last year was my first time to the Highland Fling and I gave the Half Fling a go.

At that stage I had been riding for just over 6 months and so I was given a rather rude shock with that race. Finishing was a feat unto itself for me and I got around in a little over 5 hours, finishing in the bottom 10% both overall and in Masters.

This year, I was after some redemption. I had been more rigorous in my preparation and simply had 12 months worth of riding under my belt, and so I was hoping to get around in a little under 4 hours, mindful that the course was shorter this year.

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That wasnt meant to happen....

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Reader warning: Settle in - this will be a long one!

Lets start with the specifics - I came 7th, which turns out to be my best finishing position at The Fling. I also had the most in any bike race I have had for years. Any previously lost mojo seems to have been returned, with interest, and along with it came good(ish) legs and a carefree spirit.

But there was so much about the race that wrong. Furthermore, almost every aspect of this event was contrary to how anyone would advise you to go about it.

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newbie

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Hi everyone,

Just back to MTB after a lot of years, as yet i haven't explored glenrock much. Can anyone suggest a loop to start out on? Cheers

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Fling + a few km...

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This was my big comeback event following my crash back in March. I’ve been doing lots of base km over the last 2 months but no specific training yet so came to the event knowing I’m underdone but desperate to have a go.

I also built a new bike during the week and only tested it on the road over few short km.

We arrived half hour before the start, checked in then arrived at the event centre to be surprised at how few cars were parked compared to previous years. Another shrinking event? Not sure what’s happening to our sport but events are getting smaller.

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Another good Fling...

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Weather was not real auspicious on the drive down on Saturday arvo and it continued misty / drizzly into the night. I never sleep well under canvas when it's wet, so woke up well before the bagpipes and feeling like I could do with a few more hours.

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Processing Cape to Cape photos

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It's that time of year again for me. The weather is perfect and I'm inside processing photos of people riding the Cape to Cape. I should have them finished mid November and as per previous years they will be available at www.travisdeane.com

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Which cover image do you prefer. WA MTB trailguide

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I'm putting the final touches on the 2nd edition of the trailguide before turning my attention to photographing this years Cape to Cape. I'm interested in feedback on the cover image which do you prefer? Remember the book is for all riders not just one aspect.

Any advertisers who haven't got their artwork to me yet time is running out. PM me or email me if you want more info.

Thanks,

Travis

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Hello from John & Maree from Qld.

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Hi,
just wanted to say hi from John & Maree, we are staying at Katoomba until friday the 9th.

A big thankyou to Michael Hampson for his help and information on the phone the other day, knowledgeable & friendly a great rep for your club.

We are looking forward to the social ride Wednesday evening, must make sure we arrive by NSW dalylight savings time though ! & not our Qld. time !

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Rocky Trail Shimano GP Rd 6 4Hr

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First race as an over 60 competitor and first podium!

Pity there were no other old bastards willing to tackle the hills and heat out at Mowbray Park, as first in a field of 1 does not mean much other than a free 6-pack of sponsors beer. Smiling - not sure who to thank, as I got 6 Peroni in a Bakalar Beer package!

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Spring Racing Block - Evocities Wagga / Shimano MTB GP Mt Annan / Kowalski Classic 50km

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Winters has been a pretty quiet affair as far as racing goes.

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