Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Pukemarama Photos on Flickr

The over-night upload finally completed this morning, and I've put a link into the Photos page before heading off to work. I'll complete the cover photo and slide show set up when I get home tonight.

Another big set - Pukemarama turned out to be a photographer's course with a very busy junction about 3 km into the ride at the intersection of the two sub-loops that formed the main loop. Combine with the big field, many of the early and 2 loop rides feature several times as a result.

The freshly metalled farm tracks turned out not too bad, probably because of the recent wet weather - the stones and grit had not compacted so were still relatively soft underfoot. A great venue and the weather, while not perfect for photography, was good for CTR - overcast and cool.

Results were released a few days ago, and a newsletter is due any day. Waikawa Beach a little over a week away now so we're into our season full swing.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Pukemarama Course Update

Just through from our course markers (yes, a lot of time and effort goes on before you get to ride a course) is advice that many of the main farm races on Pukemarama have been freshly re-metalled and so will have more loose stones on the surface than previously.

This doesn't make the course un-usable by any means, but we are advising barefoot competitors to fit boots to their mounts, and all riders will need to exercise judgement and ride to the conditions they find on the day.

Also we now have updated distances - 33 km for the long classes and 19 km for the shorter.

So, just a few more days away now and fingers crossed for fine riding weather.

See you there.