Gee that was fun. My first time since the new year. Using lights & a completely different and new course to what I remember, I was all over the place, even dropping off into a dusty corner at one stage. But fun like this never lasts & I copped a slow puncture in my front tyre (a first in my cycling career) on the 2nd to last lap.
I think the buzz was entering C grade & starting way off the back, having some riders to pass as the laps (5x) played out.
The thing about my puncture was that this was pretty much the first time I had ventured off on my MTB without a tube or pump, and wouldn’t you know it. Being rushed from home to ride out to the park I just forgot to grab all that stuff I laid out for myself so I would not forget.
Being a slow flat I borrowed a pump & put in 100psi before racking off home afterwards as fast as I could. Funny that of the 5x people I asked for a pump, 4x carried cartridges. I couldn’t bear to blow someone else’s hard earned on cartridges for my lopsided forgetfulness. It all worked out in the end arriving home a little while ago with enough air to keep the rim of the ground.
With this trend in baggy MTB tyres which have been all the rage over the last 10yrs, getting a puncture on the front tyre really effects not only turning, but just trying to go in a straight line. You really do have to get off & walk.
Watch out for the crazy old men in the 50km field at this weekend’s Wombat 100. I’ll be one of ‘em.
Just a bike & a place to ride.