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Holiday Craziness!There is a reason why they call it the 'silly season', and some of our members have been trying to outdo each other in the silly stakes. Joris van der Tang decided to see how far he could ride in 24 hours starting from Miami, Florida.
Here's the story in his own words:
The idea I had was to ride from midnight until midnight the next day. So after a day of work on Friday I was planning to be in bed at 5 in the afternoon but I had too much stuff to get ready for the ride so I ended up sleeping less than hour before we had to leave for Miami. Andy, our 3rd engineer kindly drove me there. Lots of people out on their Friday night wondering what the hell I was doing of course. I rode 100km back towards the shipyard in West Palm Beach where I had left two fresh bottles at the gate. I quickly grabbed those and within a minute I was back on the road again.
At 05:00 Charlie and Remon met up with me in the car loaded with supplies. They followed me around for the rest of the day, giving me the "pro experience" of handing me bottles and food out the window all day. I couldn't have done it without these guys because looking for service stations to buy water and food takes too much time. I picked this day for my ride because the wind was reasonably good, but also not perfect and there was plenty of crosswind or lack of tailwind. I got rained on a few times but overall the weather was good. The first six hours were easy. After nine hours a few things started to hurt and after 12 hours I started to wonder what the hell I was doing.
I thought of giving up so many times but I didn't want to disappoint my support crew who had given up their weekend to help me out. So that kept me going the rest of the day. I stopped twice quickly for a nature break, once for the bottles at the yard and a few times for a red light. Because I didn't want to stop I ran through a lot of red lights or did the "legal" turn right on a red, U-turn and right again. Half way through I had about 35 km/h so I thought that reaching my goal of 800 km was going to be easy but getting around Jacksonville cost me a lot of time because it was rush hour in the afternoon by then and there were so many lights!
The wind also changed and when it got dark again, motivation went down. The last three hours of the ride I had to work really hard to keep the average speed above 33.4 so that I would get my 800km. When I finished at midnight we were in the middle of nowhere in Georgia. I got off my bike and pretty much collapsed. Everything was hurting. Feet, knees, but, wrists, back, shoulders, neck. I was broken! Charlie and Remon helped me climb into the car and it took 6 hours to drive back to West Palm Beach. Even though there was plenty of glass on the road I was very fortunate that my tubulars didn't flat (spare wheels were in the car). Fun fact: Up until 1969 the 24 hour record was 816km and the current record is 896 km at an airport in Germany.
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2017 Sizzling Summer Series Round 1Well done to all our riders competing at round 1 of the Sizzling Summer Series.
Some results to hand:
1st Alex Larsson
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Olivia races Cyclocross World Cup and World ChampsOur own Olivia Nendick has been in the Netherlands and Luxembourg for a World Cup race and then the World Championships last weekend. Conditions were tough, very cold with ice lurking just under the mud, off camber downhills, steep drops, stairs and hard power climbs.
Olivia rode well and was relishing the opportunity to race against superstars like Marianne Vos, Helen Wyman, World Champ Talitha de Jong amongst others.
Well done Olivia!
Olivia passing World Champ Thalita De Jong after De Jong had a very nasty stack.
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Hamilton Riders in other Disciplines
Well done to Dan Wilson who won 3rd place in the Ironman 70.3 in Geelong on the weekend.
Results , and an interview with Dan over at trizone.com.au
Emma Jackson won the Oceania Sprint Distance Champs in Kinloch in NZ last weekend!
(photo courtesy of https://twitter.com/ScottieTPhoto)
Simon Nendick came 6th overall and 3rd in age group at the Jet Black 24hr MTB race in Awaba MTB Park, Hunter Valley.Results HERE
Dean Cane won the a grade race in the RATS Summer Sprint Series Round 2 at Underwood MTB Park in January
Maddison Dillon won the Womens B grade race at round 3 of the Summer Sprint Series
Stephanie Leech was fastest female at the latest Bribie Island Sprint Triathlon, she even beat her Mum :)
Sorry if we've missed anybody -if you have any news to share please get in touch
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CHRISTMAS FUN DAY PROGRAMME
Sunday, 18 December 2016.
HWCC MEMBERS, 3 DAY LICENCES and NON BRISBANE VISITORS ONLY.
Free race entries. All place getters get a commemorative ribbon (no cash).
All activities including Start/ Finish in front of Clubhouse. Reverse direction.
7.00 – 7.30 am - D & E Grade. Drop & Run Race. - 25 mins
7.01 – 7.30 am – Combined C Grade. Drop & Run Race. – 25 mins
7.35 – 8.00 am – A, B & C Grade Juniors.
8. 00am - “Barbecue Bob” at his best. Free sausage sizzle starts for all present. Sausage, bread, sauce.
8.00 am - Chris Marty’s Bluegrass band plays.
8.05 am - The “Harrison Handicap” for parent and kid. Any adult who does not own a “kid” can rent one for a small donation to HWCC Juniors.
8.20 am. SANTA ARRIVES and conducts “Tykes on Bikes” Race for all little kids. Little kids do one lap of inner circuit. Bikes, training wheels, scooters, babies in prams, etc. Parents can run with kids. All kids get a ribbon and present from Santa. Start/finish in front of clubhouse.
8.30 am. Andrea’s Lolly Hunt. A traditional lolly hunt around the clubhouse for all present.
8.35 am. Awards for best decorated bike – kids and adults.
Awards for best Xmas costume – kids and adults.
8.40 - 9.10 am – A & B Grade Drop & Run Race. – 30 mins.
8.41 – 9.15 am – Fixed Gear Demonstration Event. 30 mins
Barbecue finishes approx. 15 mins after A Grade race.
NOTE: A “Drop & Run Race” involves dropping bike on far side of track, running to Comms and getting a rubber band and remounting on each lap. Any rider who, in the opinion of Comms, takes the race too seriously could be asked to do 10 push ups!