Monday, 26 November 2012

Waitarere Results now available

Posted to our results page.

What an awsome ride - a great new ride base, fabulous trail as usual, painstakingly marked for which we owe Sandy and Mike a huge debt of gratitude. Those of you who've ridden Waitarere in the past would have recognised many familiar landmarks. For me the high point was rediscovering the southern reaches of the farm that I haven't seen since WATRC hosted the North Island Champs in January 2006.

Next ride, Battle Hill, the last of the calendar year and the mid-point of our season, is a challenging hill course and another combined farm forest trail. A great competition ride before the Xmas break.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Pukemarama Results posted

With confirmation of the revised placings in MB&T we've now released the Pukemarama results.

And ... the photos have finished uploading.

Pukemarama Photos uploading

The photos have started uploading to Flickr and the photos page now has a link. All going well the upload should complete this evening and I'll complete the tagging to enable the slide show after that or in the morning before work.

Unfortunately I challenged fate when I started the upload, estimating it might complete around 6 or 7 pm, went for a short walk, and arrived back to find it had stalled, so I'm having to reconstruct the bulk upload batch and start over - dang !! If you happened to spot the new set today and wondered why it's only got 33 photos, that's why - the rest are coming today.

Hope you're all revved up for Waitarere - it's always a great trail with a lot of variety. The new ride base and start / finish line will be in the south this year but I've no doubt we'll be passing many of the familiar landmarks on the farm and through the forest.

I'll put in another plug for the On-line Pre-Entries form - some of you are using it and it would be good to have a few more - it presents all the information Junior needs in a consistent and convenient format and makes his job a lot easier. If you haven't tried it yet, please do.

See you next weekend at Waitarere.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Photos from Maymorn uploading

The photos are uploading now and will likely not finish until later this evening when I'll do the tagging and other finishing touches. You can take a peek at progress via the link in the photos page.

A smaller set this time than for the last ride, mainly down to the weather on the day. In light rain and overcast conditions it's more of a challenge to get nice shots as I'm having to minimise exposure of the camera to rain and push the settings to cope with the lower light.

As the weather improved during the day it certainly became easier, but if you look at the shots at full size you'll be able to see the raindrops.

I didn't make it down to the rail trail this year unfortunately - I dawddled through the forestry section deliberately - couldn't face the thought of having to sweat my way back up the hill in rainwear - maybe next year the sun will be out.

Hope you're all getting set for a great ride at Pukemarama. If you haven't pre-entered already, try out our new on-line pre-entries facility. There are links to the on-line form on the Calendar page. It's a great help to Junior if you can use this form as the fields capture exactly the information he needs to record your entry and give you your start time.

Maymorn results haven't yet been posted to the site - we're just waiting on final correction of some minor typos, and they shouldn't be much longer now.

See you at Pukemarama.