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So, what have I been up to? Well, some of my racing schedule has been determined this year – I’m giving Mountain Mayhem a miss, sending Mr Toast out to be some sort of giant mountain biking guinea pig at the new venue. He’s racing with the Chase Trails team of four (Ian, henceforth known as Crazy Ian, is soloing again). Three fifths of the intrepid Chase Trails chaps can be seen here, stalking Pat Adams’ house late at night, which isn’t weird at all.
Photo taken by famed event photographer Rob Crayton, who hangs outside Pat Adams’ house late at night with a camera.
I’ll be providing moral support… or pointing and laughing. Time will tell! At least there will be less chance of rain if I’m not riding…
I will be riding Sleepless in the Saddle though, and I have to confess to contemplating the Wiggle 6 Hour Enduro, which is also at Catton. After all, six hours is only slightly longer than it took me to do one lap at Mayhem last year! \o/ I’d be soloing it, as Mr Toast is rather bogged down with work at the moment.
I’ve done a bit of riding this year, mostly getting used to..
TEN TON TESS! Also known as Tess of the Hurr Durrbervilles – a Scott Scale Contessa 910 29er. I’ve not taken her on a full ride of Follow the Dog yet, preferring to put the miles in on the tamer fireroads just to get used to her ridiculously large wheels and her quite frankly preposterous wide bars. I’ve done a bit of FtD on her, and some off-piste-probably-shouldn’t-talk-about-them trails on a group ride.
I’ve also become an aunt twice in the space of two months, so I’m plotting to buy two balance bikes in about 18 months for my nephews. I’m totally going to live my gnar radcore biking dreams vicariously through them – it’ll be awesome.
Aaaand I’ve also been keeping up with my resolution to get back into drawing more, with my project “A Benny a Week”. The aim is to produce one piece of art a week featuring my dog, which will hopefully improve my artistic skills.
I should be fairly good at drawing Tibetan Terriers by the end of 2013 at the very least.
So, here’s to more biking, more drawing and more nephews. Huzzah!