It’s been a while since I did a ride report or even went for a ride for that matter. I’m tired, emotional and at a loss with the world in general at the moment. Good news though.
You don’t have to continue reading if you don’t want to! How goods that.
I love to learn, it’s both a hobby and a passion of mine and what I learnt today. That if BLM then so does proper bike setup, especially if your going to ride with GypsyTpi.
Fair bit of time off the bike for me over the last year as mentioned above but with the recent purchase of a new bike and some more time to get out there, it was time to throw myself back into the game. In hindsight I should have spent even just a little bit of time setting the bike up to my liking but no. Straight from the shop and straight into what I thought was going to be a nice, flowy ride.
5 punters today with the standard start to any ride. Sun was out, spirits were high and the banter was...... friendly. It become apparent quite quickly that I was going to be the shittest of the group so I quickly decided to, huhh hmmm, let the other guys have a run while I got used to the new rig..... Quick group all capable riders, sensational tracks even though very wet from the rains over night and early morning. The hills. The bloody hills. All though challenging I did get through them better than I thought yet I am giving the credit to the bike and the tyre as there was zero skill involved. The confidence grew throughout the ride as did the grip and comfort levels. There was a particular point where even though we all agreed to take it easy through an upcoming section, before long there was a full on bar to bar race to the finish line between us all. I pulled out after old mate wombat ran out and bounced off my front wheel followed by my back wheel and took this as a sign to just pull it back a touch.
Some highlights: Meeting Marty and him just rag dolling his Beta 500. A 2WD Ford Focus showing a Ford Ranger the way out of somewhere neither of them should have been. Gypsy nailing some stupid hill climb like a boss. (3 attempts though) First time at the look out for myself and finally, having the experience of walking up a hill that is physically impossible to ride up. The beauty of this stinken hill though, it’s the last one just before the cars! And there’s no other way! And it’s absolute rubbish! And i couldn’t ride up it! At all!
Thankfully Gypsy got it up to a point where I could stumble my way out and at that point that was more than enough for me.
A challenging day for me yet a good day and was a humbling reality check for myself in particular. Work to do. Big thanks to all involved today, great crew to ride with and looking forward to the next one.
Just not out at Carroll’s Lane.
Or with Gypsy running a 3+.....