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Kanangra Classic 2011

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By sheddow - Posted on 28 April 2011

Sunday, 16 October, 2011 - 07:30
6 hours
Come Rain or Shine: 
I'll be there, no matter what the weather.
Ride Database Entry: 
Kanangra-Boyd National Park
Meeting Point: 

The start and finish is at the Old Whalen Farm Grounds just 20-25 minute drive South East of Oberon along the Kanangra Walls Road.


Who's in?
Flynny, Andy Bloot, Checkmate, The Brown Hornet, obmal, Ian_A, BM Epic, Vinno, stephen, J the B, paulwhitfeld, Beggy, Kave-man, sheddow, newby, vtr boy, bigzoo (17 riders)
Flynny Andy Bloot Checkmate The Brown Hornet obmal Ian_A BM Epic Vinno stephen J the B paulwhitfeld Beggy Kave-man sheddow newby vtr boy bigzoo
What Happened?

Blog entries about this meeting (as this is a race standings and times are shown, click on the title for more and to comment)...

Who Title Status Laps Time Pos.Gen. Category Pos.Cat.
obmal Kanangararara thingy Finished 05:53:55 70 100km/Male/Open

Were you there and have a story to tell?

Ride Gallery
J the B's picture

Anyone get their act together and get in early for a campsite?

Flynny's picture

Don't forget the family fun day on the saturday too.

Blue Mountains Region staff & Oberon Council have put together a
fantastic array of activities and stalls for the inaugural Kanangra
Family Fun Bike Day, on Saturday 15th October at Oberon Common from 12
-4pm. This family day precedes the Kanangra Classic Endurance MTB ride
on the Sunday in Kanangra-Boyd NP.

Ian_A's picture

The email we got today or yesterday said there were only 2 campsites left. I haven't booked one, but I might roll the swag out somewhere. I plan on registering in Oberon on Sat arv, grabbing some food somewhere, then driving out to Kanangra before dark. I'm not going to take out my camping gear - just the swag and a seat maybe. A couple of the other boys are driving out on the day.

J the B's picture

The Boyd River campground is now fully booked, so I might do the same as you Ian. Was even thinking about a quiet roll around the Rydal track on Saturday afternoon to check out the good work that the CTMBC crew have been doing (weather permitting, of course). The calendar shows nothing going on there, but I'm sure Flynny or someone will let us know if the track's closed / busy for any reason.

Andy Bloot's picture

i'll be registering at BM on the friday
And camping it up at home in my favorite red dress Sat night
ready for the drive early sun morning
Vince and I might convoy - anyone else want to meet on the way and convoy

And don't forget your fetching BMORC jerseys - hubba hubba

The Brown Hornet's picture

The Todd and I are heading up to BM Friday arvo, so we'll see you there Bloot. We're heading out on Sunday morn also so if it's a convoy you want, a convoy you shall have!

BM Epic's picture

We got a great big convoy truckin through the night...CONVOY! dress??..we shall discuss!..Ian will be with us on friday arvo for rego, remind me to leave my wallet at home, i get kinda jittery in bike shops when my wallet is on me!, of course Tristan, Aub and Simon like to remind me of whats on sale and how good these things are and the benefit to my well being the product is!

Andy Bloot's picture

You better wait in the car Todd
Better safe than sorry

I worked out we're going to need to meet opp BM Sunday morning about 5am to make it in time
About 2 hrs from Wenty to get there
And another halfer to get shit together for 7.30 start

Vinno's picture

Yeah I think I may just stay up all Saturday night rather than get up at 3.30AM. Or maybe if it is too wet I might turn the phone off and just roll back over. What am I doing I don't get up this early for money?

The Brown Hornet's picture

According to Elders weather,

the forecast for tomorrow is mostly sunny, with 6 deg. overnight with a daytime maximum of 16 deg. A chance of rain as well, but it doesn't look like too much.

See you all tomorrow.

trim's picture

Have a great ride. I'll be looking forward to reading the tales of triumph and woe...let's hope bloot & his bike survive!

Andy Bloot's picture

Weather is shaping up for a pristine day in the wilderness
Anyone keen to convoy, we are meeting on the hwy opp Bikeminded at 5am sharp

Anyone got a camera? - I have my phone camera and BMORC stickers
And will be wearing my chick repellent BMORC jersey

Looking forward to many tales of triumph and woe

The Brown Hornet's picture

I'll be bringing a camera in my spankin' Revelate Designs Mountain Feedbag (woot!)

I'm contemplating getting stuff ready but lying on the daybed in the sun has won out!

Ian_A's picture

Well I had a pretty good run. A bit of a story about Todd and JP getting lost somewhere and riding much more than they should have.
WIll be good to find out results, not sure why they didn't tell us as we finished. I can't find a link on their website to where the results will be posted.
I found I rode basically the whole race by myself and didn't manage to get on any trains. I did lead a big one for 2 or 3 km along the first fireroad about 6km in, but they dropped me as soon as they passed later.
I found the track quite good - a few tough climbs and some nice downhill sections. Average speed was 19.6. Was tougher than I thought it would be, especially the climbing with about 7 or 8km to go. Wonder how it would have gone in reverse and being able to motor down the initial 12km uphill run to finish.

hathill's picture

So Todd and JP got lost eh? A likely story Eye-wink

Vinno's picture

Legs are feeling pretty sore but it was a fun day. Me and Blooty rode the whole ride together, lost JP and Todd on the first tough climb and Blooty sucked my wheel for about 38km. He dropped me for a bit but kept taking wrong turns and like a good mate I stopped for him. Then he dropped me again and I chased him down with about 3km to go. We rode to the finish and he missed the turn into the causeway so I waited again. Then we crossed the line together. That last few hundred metres uphill across the grass into the headwind really finished off the legs.

We started slow and let most people go which was fun as we passed so many on the first downhill. Hope Todd and JP can be found.

The Brown Hornet's picture

I'm not sure that "lost" is the right description.

Something happened out there. I don't know what, and I don't know how, but it was a long freakin' day in the saddle for 50k's! I'm sure we were the last 2 in from the 50k.

I was with Vinno and the Bloot but passed a young guy on the side of trail, bike upended with a daft look on his face. His chain was broken and jammed in his rings. No chain breaker or quick link. Aid rendered, Todd catches up, but Bloot and Vinno are gone. From then on in it's just the Epic one and I. From this point eyewitness accounts are hazy and inconsistent, and what truly happened will probably never be known.

hathill's picture

This jog any memories fellas?

obmal's picture

Seemed hard work out there today, sneaked in under 6hours (on my clock). Frozen toes that did not thaw out till well into the 2nd lap (were a new thing for me in a race) at which point the climbs were kinda tougher 2nd time around.

Well run event for a first running (some feedback will be given)

Rekon we climbed a few hills today.. Anyone got a profile?

Andy Bloot's picture

Strange things were happening out there
I took 3 wrong turns
Would have got under 3 hours if Vince could have yelled better directions

hathill's picture

It was just your internal compass trying to get you back to Scribbs.

J the B's picture

So Todd and JP win the 70km category, Andy and Vinno win the 60km category, and those who made it in under 3 hours got to eat all the free donuts...

There was a great turn-out today. Not quite as eclectic as the single-speed world champs, but I did see a few cyclocross bikes and one balloon-tired beach cruiser.

I rode most of the way by myself, but seemed to be playing tag with a couple in the middle section. I managed to ride through all the creek crossings and passed scores of people that way (but they probably all caught me later on).

No real incidents, except a dodgy landing off the back of the first waterbar that really woke me up.

Oh, and a slight chest wound.
About 35km in, as the 4x4 motor bike is passing me, I see a guy working on his broken chain on the side of the road, and ask him if he's allright. He said, "um, yeah, I think so," so I left him to it. The 4-wheeler also stopped, so I thought that between them they'd have the chain sorted in 5 minutes tops. 5 minutes later, the 4-wheeler comes past again, with the bike and rider hanging off the back. As I'm watching them go past, musing over whether that kind of assistance should only be allowed for those with injuries, I run into a big fallen stick that's pointing into the trail like a lance, which grazes my arm then spears me right in the chest, almost knocking me off my bike. I still don't know whether you should be able to get a ride home if you get a simple mechanical like a broken chain, and you're out there with no tools or spares. Seems a bit ridiculous to me. But I guarantee you I would have been on the back of that 4-wheeler if the stick had hit me an inch higher...

Not having ridden off-road for 50km non-stop before, I rode the first three-quarters pretty conservatively. Trying to work out when would be a good time to push the pedal, I caught up with my tag-team again at the 40km mark. I'm chatting to the bloke and he says, so you're doing the 100, right?
It can hurt, but shame can be a very good motivator. Got me home just in time for the donuts...

It was a good day out in the high country. Beautiful day for a ride, although that wind was bitey along that first 11km of dirt road, and the creeks had iceblocks floating in them.

Didn't even know I had a broken spoke until I got home and started cleaning the bike.

By the way, BMORC nav classes start next Monday week. We'll warm up with some left-hand, right-hand disambiguation, then move on to the advanced topics like green arrows, red crosses, pink tape, fire roads and other directional indicators. I'll give you the GPS directions for getting to the classroom...

Vinno's picture

If anyone is friends with Jason Raymond on facebook he has put up the 2 lap profile.

The Brown Hornet's picture

Looking at the last email we were sent with the inner and outer loops, I realise we missed one of the turn offs to come back around to complete the 50. I do recall riding past and seeing a guy there but he was messing around with a barrel of water and didn't seem too worried we were riding past so off we went. Oh well.

Other than the dodgy distance issue, I enjoyed it. The KHS held up beautifully. I had 29 x 2.4 Ardent's on and even though they aren't the most fast rolling tyres, they still rolled pretty well and they did add some cush. The 1 x 9 drivetrain handled the climbs easily. As I was waiting at the top of one of the climbs I did manage to break my track stand record of 3 mins 17 secs by an extra 13 seconds, so that was probably the real highlight for me (I'm easily pleased!).

Next year anyone?

Logan's picture

and got lost as well apparently, did over 80kms on his cross bike and didn finish for some reason. Waiting for the full debrief.

The Brown Hornet's picture

Was he on a silver coloured CXer? I recall seeing a guy walking with one looking dejected.

Chuck's picture

How far do you ride before you start to think that something isn't quite right? Smiling Wish I had been there to see it, or enjoyed it. Sounds like a great day with some adventure thrown in. Nice work team BMORC!!!

Logan's picture

I think, not sure of the colour!

stephen's picture

Submitted by The Brown Hornet on Mon, 17/10/2011 - 13:53.
Looking at the last email we were sent with the inner and outer loops, I realise we missed one of the turn offs to come back around to complete the 50. I do recall riding past and seeing a guy there but he was messing around with a barrel of water and didn't seem too worried we were riding past so off we went. Oh well.

I probably could have sent you back down the main rode if had I realised before now what you two had done. As you'll recall I passed you both at the left hander off the main rode into the fire trail. I figured you where both doing the 100k and really moving, or had a mechanical or something. Todd asked me if I was doing the 50 or 100km, he did have an unsure look on his face when I said 100. I mention to Gavin BigZoo after the race that I was a little confused as to how you where both in that position.
That sucks the track marshal didn't send you down the inside of the ribbon instead of an extra 18kms of track.

The Brown Hornet's picture

It was an adventure alright!

I did have the filthy shits at about 53k's in and remember thinking "WTF!", and actually yelling it, but shit happens.

Stephen, young Toddles had that look of unsurety and bewilderment on his face for the whole race after the first climb! I still can't understand how someone can ride 70 odd km's with the blue BMORC jersey as a baselayer, followed by a cycling jersey as a midlayer, topped off with a black winter jacket! Every time he'd chug up a climb and come in to view I'd shake my head at his attire.

paulwhitfeld's picture

Hi guys...

Here's my Garmin activity:

J the B's picture

Anyone knows whose it is? Here's the activity profile:

Oh, it says "Epic" on the back...

The Brown Hornet's picture

Results are up.

At least I beat the 2 DNFers (and Todd!).

Ian_A's picture

4th in Male opens, 12th overall in the 50km - 2:43:23. Pretty happy with that.

hathill's picture

Nice work Ian.

J the B's picture

I recommend using the search in the top right corner.

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