Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Wairarapa Rewanui ride now includes short Open and Intermediate

For those of you looking to ease down your season, the Rewanui ride, last CTR event of the national calendar now offers a 1 loop 17 km Open and Intermediate class, in addition to the regular 2 loop rides in those classes.

Given the current very dry conditions and what we're told of the terrain, this may be an appealing option for those looking for a last competitive ride that's not too hard on their mount. The Wairarapa rides typically start later in the morning than the WATRC rides and the heat of this wonderful late summer is also a factor to be considered.

As I write, photos from the Waitohu ride are uploading to the Flickr website. I hope to have a link posted either later tonight or early tomorrow morning. I'll update the blog as usual.

The Makara fund raising trek was a great success with about 30 riders taking the opportunity to ride from Makara Farm on Quartz Hill over Terawhiti Station to Te Ikaamaru and Ohau bays, parts familiar to WATRC riders from past events. A longer option carried on to the Cable station at Oteranga Bay. On return to the Makara Farm woolshed, riders were treated to a sausage sizzle and refresements. It was a stunning day.

For those of us familiar with the territory, the roading infrastructure put in for the installation of the West Wind project came as quite a shock. Made for large heavy tansport, the roads cut through hillocks and bridge steep gulleys - better roads in fact than the Makara and South Makara roads themselves! Many of the windmill foundations are progressing apace. The site has been closed to public access since November last year, so this was a rare opportunity and priviledge to ride again over country many of us love.

There will be photos in another week or so as I try to catch up on my backlog ;-)

Friday, 21 March 2008

Photos from Pikarere (at last)

Photos from Pikarere are now on the Flickr website. Access them from the club photos page as usual.

I've just noticed that the Flickr page layout has changed slightly, and there is no longer a "See diferent sizes" link. Instead, there is now an "All sizes" link that sits just above the top left corner of the selected image. Click on this to go to the all sizes page, from which you can download the original size image as before.

The lighting conditions at Pikarare on the day were a little more challenging than usual, and as a consequence the photos were shot using a higher sensitivity, and this results in more "noise" in some of the images. The effect is that some images may appear "grainier", an effect rather similar to "push processing" a film.

My next challenge will be to try and get the Waitohu photos edited in a shorter time ;-)

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Pikarere and Waitohu results published

The results were downloaded from ESNZ - the files are a little larger than usual as these have been scanned from hard copy, rather than the PDFs being produced directly from Excel.

Also, flyers for the Makara fundraiser, and the late breaking Wairarapa CTR Points ride. If you really can't believe the season is over, there are still a couple of rides your can do before daylight saving ends.

Still no photos, sorry. With all the rides on back-to-back weekends, I haven't had a chance to catch up with editing, and the last two rides I took a lot of photos. I will get there, promise, but it may take a while. My Easter is already looking pretty full.

Thursday, 13 March 2008

Waitohu - last ride of the WATRC season

The Calendar has just been updated with directions to the Waitohu venue and details of the ride distances. Waitohu is a lovely venue, but challenging for Open and Intermediate competitors who ride the course twice, passing through the start / finish line at their halfway mark. Most mounts have quite firm ideas about when enough is enough!

I have to confess that I'm way behind with the photos from Pikarere. I doubt that I'll have them done by the weekend, sorry, but they will come eventually - it's been one of those weeks at work.

See you all at Waitohu.

Saturday, 1 March 2008

Newsletter 107 published

The latest newsletter includes an inspired "Days of our Rides" from Jo Lake, a report of the recent Special General Meeting, and directions to Pikarere, our next ride.