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01-25-2009, 06:03 AM #1
There is nothing sadder in this world than the waste of human potential. The purpose of evolution is to raise us out of the mud, not have us grovelling in it.
Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, Cicely, 1992
Iím pretty stoked on 2009 - itís been a good year so far and hopefully it keeps getting better. Generating the stoke was a great NYE (followed by a not so great hangover), a few good tours in Hakuba despite the wind, then a chick emailed me out of the blue and wants to go on a date on Tuesday (yes iím ignoring the fact that she probably has an ulterior motive), thereís all sorts of new talent at the climbing gym, and I got myself a new rig last week. I am the rocker, I am the roller, I am the out-of-controller!
I took the new rig to Thredbo, 500km (4.5hrs) southwest of Sydney in the Snowy [sic] Mountains. Like many alpine resorts, summers can actually be better than winters and Thredbo is probably no exception. In the lovely village carpark where I set up car-camp, thereís folks with DH rigs, XC rigs, playboats, fly-fishing gear, and a lot of bush-walkers/climbers.
ďPinky, why Thredbo?Ē you ask.
Well imaginary person, Iím glad you asked. The village is at 1400m and stays about 8į cooler than Sydney which is meaningful when you are a hairy beast of a man. AND they have lift-access DH...the only other place with lift-access DH in OZ is Mt Bueller in VIC (which at 800km is a little too much self-reflection time for Pinky). I am sincerely stoked on the area, and would be more stoked if it were easier to get to.
Anyhou, I rode with Manly locals and nice guy extraordinaires Steve, Trent, and Shep. Very good dudes I was happy to have met. The course is nice and flowy with plenty of bumps and rock gardens but no mandatory air or drops (there is only one line). With 8.8Ē of travel in the new rig, a nice flowy course is basically like riding tits deep in pow and I was hooting the whole way down (x8).
South East MTB Co will sort out the mandatory initiation (one-time only) and guide you for one lap.
She sips nitro... with Phase 4 heads! 600 horsepower through the wheels! She's meanness set to music and the bitch is born to run!
Steve aka The Road Warrior
Liftchairs, the greatest invention since pop-rocks
The Road Warrior
Pinky in the rocks
It used to seem like everybody i knew was moving to Colorado. Now it seems like everbody i know is moving to North Carolina. Shep's a Southern Man.
Pinky - making easy things look hard.
It's that rat circus out there, I'm beginning to enjoy it.
The Road Warrior loved this drop to rockgarden
Free freeclimbing. Only in OZ
What it's all about. The Road Warrior and Shep all smiles.
We got drunk and trapped a duck. I have no explanation for this.
01-25-2009, 06:59 AM #2
Awesome to see a TR from Oz. Gotta make it over there one of these days.
Hard to believe there are only 2 lift-served resorts there in the summer considering all the DH talent yall have. Just nuts.I'm so hardcore, I'm gnarcore.
01-25-2009, 07:01 AM #3
great TR. thanks for the stoke.
and nice duck.
01-25-2009, 08:33 AM #4Who Dares Wins
- Join Date
- Jan 2005
- Wasatch Front
The big barrier to serious mountain biking in Australia is that the bikes are just eye wateringly expensive (well, that and the climate and terrain). It's good to see DH catching on though, maybe prices will go down as the volume of riders goes up.
01-25-2009, 10:03 AM #5
I miss the snowys now. nice TR"So what's a homeless instructor do? Teach people how to build houses outta cardboard boxes and build good trash fires?" - Phuckhuck
01-25-2009, 04:52 PM #6
01-25-2009, 06:13 PM #7"So what's a homeless instructor do? Teach people how to build houses outta cardboard boxes and build good trash fires?" - Phuckhuck