So I turned up with only a few rides in the last six months on the stupidest bike for this kind of ride and a dubious level of bike fitness. what could possibly go wrong??
It rained lightly during gearing up and got heavier once we took off on the bikes. Straight away even on the easy stuff I was out of my comfort zone, 10 minutes in on one of the easiest rock strewn hills for the day I fell off for no reason at all corking my arse (is that an actual thing?), what was disappointing is I was born in a rock patch, it's the only place I can ride reasonably well!
Anyway soaked through and fingers freezing I slowly found something resembling skills and really started enjoying it I was amazed at how well the 500 performed compared to all of the 300's as I expected to be stuck everywhere digging trench's, the only times this happened (quite a few) was due to my poor line selection but by and large it was a treat to ride, a big heavy dog of a treat.
As much as I dislike Marko I have never been on a bad "Marko" ride and yesterday was no exception obstacles that were at the limit of my skills but not beyond and they kept on coming! I've not been to Cobaw many times but got to see a huge amount of stuff I haven't seen before and Marko linked them up perfectly. The crew were all great and good fun to ride with, a few I haven't ridden with before but knew most on the ride.
I made it through all of the tough stuff on the ride but actually needed help from Dan the sweep on a fire trail!! so all I can gather from this is the tracks must have been too easy.
Riles lost his back pack late in the day and Rider Riles and myself broke off on a rescue mission revisiting a lot of the ride we had already done ending in a successful retrieval, I got a twig in my front wheel (riles has a photo I believe). and we went back to the cars via more interesting tracks.
As much as I struggled I haven't had that much fun on a bike in a long time thanks to Marko the sweeps and all the riders great day great tracks great crew!!!
#Tubliss is cheating #Dont ride with blokes who run marathons #If it's not hard it's not fun #If it's too hard it's no fun #I hate Marko