Friday, 2 January 2015

2/01/2015

CX Shenanigans:
I watched the movie Lucy the other day, I honestly wouldn't recommend it, but it had a theme that has struck true with me.

All entities exist to either pass on their knowledge, or to reproduce.

I don't have any interest in breeding, but passing on knowledge appeals greatly to me, and not just because I like to talk.

Right, so how does that relate to today's ride? We'll to get to that, we need to consider CX Friday rides of the past, and discussion's i've had with a few of the roadie boys about skills progression. I think Dusty has copped a spiel about braking only slowing you down several times from me. In that spiel is a bit about training cornering trust/skill by attempting to ride Bruce's loop brake free.

Aaaaand there we have it, my mission today was to get to the little paddock loop in Ivanhoe/Bulleen. Brakes are definitely needed for a few corners, but if you go clockwise there's a series of turns at the start that link perfectly. It's an awesome sequence that gives you brief flutters of panic about traction, but if you trust it, you'll be rewarded with berm induced g forces, then a weightlessness and another panicked moment as you get yourself over the bike to turn the other way in the next corner.

I'd give the plums on the tree out the front another few days, they're still slightly tart.

Strava link.

D: 42.2km
A: 453m

PMPW: 85kg

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