It feels like we're only just back from Brisbane, and already we're gearing up for Nationals here in Adelaide! After 26hours in the van, the team bikes and Jake turned up to meet the rest of the team at Baden Powell Park in Samford, just outside Brisbane's North West suburbs, for Rounds 2 and 3 of the National CX Series.
It's that time of year again, where our feeds are full of late sunsets, warm-looking nights and hot days. We're remembering our summer fondly, wishing for days that come January we'll be complaining about - but for now we just wish it wasn't so damn cold.
Over the June long weekend, 4 of my Treadly CX teammates and some extra pals joined me in travelling to Bright, Victoria to race in rounds 2 & 3 of the Victorian CX Series. We got muddy, raced hard, had a blast and will definitely be back next year.
When a friend sent out a group message saying she was going to camp in Kuitpo the night before she raced a MTB race and that a group of us should come down and camp as well, I could hardly say no! Another friend who has a reputation of planning great rides came up with the plan of giving someone our camping gear and then riding our CX bikes there along the Heysen and Kidman trails - I was instantly hooked on the idea.
Cyclocross has always been a mysterious beast to many, an odd cousin somewhere between the pristine haircuts and suffering of road cycling and mountain biking's obsession with spraying mud everywhere. It's simultaneously touted as a fun, approachable way to get into racing bicycles and a gruelling slog through ankle deep mud for an hour - at least, it is in Europe.
Jake spent his holiday break riding his brand-spanking-new Kona Unit tourer around Victoria - for a full recap, head on over to The Sticky Bidon. A great read for those thinking about competing in the Race To The Rock in September!