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#161 Wozza

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Posted 04 January 2016 - 09:54 PM

Hope you are back at it Ematic!

 

I have been riding heaps, mostly XC and Road at the moment. Looking at doing the Karapoti 50k in March which has scared me into doing a heap of ridering and stravaring. Just don't take the camera as much as I should but here's some from the other day:

 

Finally dusted off my camera, although it's a mission to take on long bike rides...

 

24115532515_816a3421c0_k.jpgCycle Cross by Wozza_NZ, on Flickr

 

24099714145_3d6a208ef0_k.jpgInclinepano by Wozza_NZ, on Flickr

 

23487255904_ffa00ca8bc_h.jpgStumpy by Wozza_NZ, on Flickr​

Still loving my Stumpy

 


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Posted 05 January 2016 - 01:08 PM

Hey mate! I've had a pretty slack year but managed to get my lazy arse out on a few rides so far this summer. My main annoyance (with myself) is that I always hype myself up for a good ride but when I get to the downhill I chicken out of all the rough stuff and avoid the jumps and wnd up disappointed with it, to some degree. I just feel like I don't have the balls to be a good biker. :-/
I have been thinking of taking a skills clinic actually, that would probably help. Also I should stop wearing my clipless shoes and go platforms if I'm not strictly cross countrying, but I do love the cleats on the flat stuff.
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Posted 05 January 2016 - 08:18 PM

The trick is to find a good trail that is on the edge of what you can ride - like you can ride it in muppet fashion. Then learn and session it. I have found a wicked trail like that, but haven't been riding it lately as I have been more fitness driven on my rides than technical trails. Still cranking some k's on the Roadbike, getting better Strava times and going for high scores on distance and climbing lol.

 

I know I should use clipless pedals, but I don't haha.


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Posted 05 January 2016 - 09:10 PM

Man if you're XCing or road biking, they make a big difference. I'd expect nearly everyone in the Karapoti to be on them...? Probably the shoes help too. It's just the sketchy stuff and bits where you're not confident that they're tricky, though some DHers use them, even at world cup level!
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Posted 05 January 2016 - 09:13 PM

Ah actually I'll have a weekend in Wellington on 23rd-24th this month... but won't be bringing my bike. Unlucky.
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Posted 27 March 2016 - 01:57 PM

Has anyone been to the trails at Skyline Queenstown or Cardrona before? I'm headed that way this week and trying to decide where to go


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Posted 27 March 2016 - 10:57 PM

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Posted 07 April 2016 - 09:22 PM

Ended up going to Skyline and it was absolutely amazing! I've only ever done trails up to grade 3 on a hardtail so getting out on the big boys stuff was incredible

 

Now to resist dropping 3 grand on a new bike...


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Posted 07 April 2016 - 09:37 PM

Great to hear :D

 

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Posted 22 May 2016 - 11:13 PM

Haven't had internet, and still don't. On mobile data.

 

Been on the bike a lot though. :)

 

Did the Karapoti Classic which is something I have wanted to do for a while. Also did a team relay race with a mate in Wainui the other weekend. Only thing is I absolutely smashed my thumb training for the Karapoti and it's really giving me grief on the hardtail which is the bike I use for events. Can't change gears with my left hand now either. Will be going ten (or eleven) speed on the fun full suspension bike (and a dropper) later this year.

 

Fun ride the other week.

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Posted 23 May 2016 - 12:27 AM

Great effort on doing the Karapoti! That's way beyond my level.
Where is your thumb sore? Take it to a GP if it's bad for more than a week, that's a no brainer. If it's swollen, it's likely broken, or if it was something like a hyperextended joint then he can advise and treat as best. Do it... don't let it be a nagging thing which becomes a permanent niggle.

Weird that you would ride a hard tail for events, unless the events are exceptionally flat or you have gearing limitations or something. Did you compare times in trainig and find the hardtail better?

My bike has only been used for getting around the cbd at low speeds lately. I took it up on the smooth trail and tarmac on the hills a couple of weeks ago but actually got unstuck with gale force winds making it dangerously unstable! Fail.
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Posted 23 May 2016 - 09:29 PM

Use the hardtail for distance and climbing as it's much lighter than the Reign with better gearing for hills especially, Only thing is it's twitchy and harsh as sin.


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Posted 23 May 2016 - 09:36 PM

Harsh on the thumb. Get that looked at or you may never hitchhike again.
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Posted 23 October 2017 - 09:08 PM

Hope you are still at it Emetic!

 

I visited family in England a couple of months back and decided to bring my bike and take off to Wales for the best part of a week, Awesome riding such different tracks, and even better having such good pub meals afterwards.

 

Also got a Go Pro

 

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zoom by Wozza_NZ, on Flickr

 

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Rotorua Corners by Wozza_NZ, on Flickr

 

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Fetch Mount by Wozza_NZ, on Flickr

 

Got a couple of vids here:
https://www.youtube....0IMOp8owXg4i6mA

 

Took me a few goes to get the camera angle right so it's a little low in some of the clips. Also YouTube compresses them horribly. More to show off the tracks than my muppet riding style.

 

Also I did go to the accident clinic after the crash I mentioned previously and I was their best bike injury of the day. The thumb was super hyper extended and was black and blue for a few weeks and sore for months but healed up. I had a number of other injuries but the thumb was the only one that hurt riding.

 

Just stopped at Rotorua for a day on the way to a mates wedding. Started with the new corners which is a lot of fun, decided to do it again at full speed before working my way up through some tracks, but took a full speed wrong turn into National Downhill and wasn't expecting drops. Now I need a new front rotor, new pedals and a new crankset. Doh!

 

And yes I may have sold my bikes and bought different ones between now and the last post lol.


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Posted 26 October 2017 - 10:39 PM

Hey that's weird seeing such nice smooth singletrack. If I had a gopro the footage wouldn't be anywhere near as interesting.
Anyway nah i don't seriously do mountain biking, just the occasional jaunt up and down the hills on tarmac and easy hardpack gravel, no proper trails.
Recently I've been doing spin classes and gym work to increase my fitness and leg strength for running (and just overall body shape improvement) which is coming along nicely. I should get back on the trails for summer. I have no friends to bike with though so that's a bit of a downer. No friends in general tbh.
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Posted 27 October 2017 - 09:33 PM

The GoPro effect. Makes tracks look much slower and smoother than they are. Putting a gimbal on (I don't have one) makes things so smooth even going down super, super rough stuff seems tame.

 

My days off are in the weekdays, so I usually head out by myself - which I like because I set my own pace and distance. Also the trails are deserted which is kind of cool. As well as trails I do like to do distance stuff and really want to do some bikepacking this summer. I got the gear for last summer but the weather was so rubbish I never planned anything.

 

What is this 'running' you speak of? I probably should do a little bit, but in my head I feel my knees aren't good enough for running. At least thats my excuse. I can bike all day, but would struggle to run more than a km.


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Posted 27 October 2017 - 09:39 PM

Aha, see, way back like 7 years ago, a colleague who would run and bike told me that running does a hell of a lot of good for leg muscles and actually makes you better at biking.

I humoured him and got into it, it turned out he was right.

Then I started reading that strength work at the gym helps runners too, and that's turned out right for me too. The funny consequence is I don't spend as much time biking though.

 

I did a 100km MTB ride but mostly on tarmac earlier this month, that's as much distance as I'm keen to do really. Bikepacking's another thing, not really on my interest list, althought I keep sneakily watching fat bikes on tardme and hoping I can snipe a too-cheap-to-resist deal on something like that.


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