Monday, 31 March 2014

Bright's Farm Photos available on Flickr

Uploaded last night but I've only just had time to update the Photos page.

While doing so I've found the slide show widget on the photos page is broken, and researching the cause I think it's likely due to recent (in the last week) changes to the Flickr service and the modes they offer for photo sharing.

At some time before the start of the next season I'll check to see if there's a replacement widget we can use, but if not I'll just rip the old code out and we can do without it.

Also, if you're a regular visitor to Flickr you'll have noticed the new presentation format for individual photos, what Flickr are calling their "New Photo Experience". The download process is still there but one step removed, so it looks like I'll need to update the download instructions as well.

The thing to remember is the "three dots" (...). With the selected image displayed, look for them in the image properties area on the right. Click on them to see the menu of actions you can take. Choose "Download / All sizes". This will open another dialog that lets you select one of 5 popular image resolutions and download the image. You'll also find the "View all sizes" feature that takes you to the old style page with the full 12 resolutions.

Remember, if you want to print an image, take "Original" for best quality. For display on a website, choose the resolution that best fits your screen or the webpage or document you want to build - the lower resolution files are smaller and will load faster.

As a general principle for image publishing, you're better to select a little higher resolution than you need and resize it to make it smaller, than you are to take a smaller image and try to blow it up or stretch it (the quality will definitely suffer).

Hope you're all looking forward to Champs - See you on the trail.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Newsletter 165 posted - Bright's Farm results published

Newsletter 165 was mailed today and will be in your Inbox if you've subscribed. It's also been posted to the News page of our website.

Because we use a cloud based mailing group, joining the club does not automatically get you onto the emailing list. You need to join that too, using the "double opt-in" process that such services require.

That means you have to request to join (by sending an email to the subscription address, the first "opt-in") and then confirm that you really do wish to join (by replying to the confirmation email, the second "opt-in").

Double opt-in prevents someone else subscribing your email address to a mailing list and using the list to send you spam.

Subscribe by sending email to
watrc-news+subscribe@googlegroups.com
and then reply to the confirmation email address. If it doesn't turn up within minutes, check your spam or junk mail folder.

We've got more information about the process on our Resources page. We've included those details in the latest newsletter too, so if someone you know isn't getting the newsletter, please forward yours to them so they can join for themselves.

Checked and confirmed results from Bright's Farm are now on our Results page.

Champs are only a week away now. That will be the last ride for our season so we hope you can make it. Championship classes are now closed to entries, but the non-Champs classes can still be entered right up until the day. You'll find the Newsletter includes the ride poster, which can also be found on the Calendar page, and you can pre-enter using our online pre-entries form.

See you there.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Waitohu Photos uploading

The usual deal - upload will run over-night, provided the wild weather doesn't break the Internet, and I'll finalise the set sometime on Monday.

There's already a link on our photos page and the upload has past past the point I saw the last riders out, so there should be something for everyone, and what's left to load will be of the riders I saw on two, or in some cases three parts of the course.

I hope to see you all at the re-scheduled Bright's Farm ride on Sunday 23 March.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Bright's postponed - Waitohu Results published

We hate postponing rides, but sometimes it's just the best thing to do, and the earlier we do it the better. So, Bright's has been re-scheduled for 23 March, just one week later and here's hoping for a day without the current risk of high winds and heavy rain.

The Calendar and ride poster have been updated, as has the pre-entries form. If you had other commitments this weekend but are free on the 23rd, then go ahead and put in your pre-entry.
If you've pre-entered for the 16th but can't make the 23rd, please drop Junior a line and let him know. We're really sorry to have disrupted people's plans, but we'd rather you were battening the hatches  and staying safe at home than risking life and limb on the road or on the trail.

Results from Waitohu are available, but photos are still some way off - at least I have another week to get them done before the next ride.

Hope to see you at the re-scheduled Bright's ride on the 23rd

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Pikarere results and photos published

Results can be found here and a link to the photoset here.

The next two Sundays are going to be busy, with Waitohu (Otaki) on 9 March followed by Bright's Farm (Paraparaumu) on 16 March. These are both challenging hill rides with great views over the Kapiti coast. They're also good preparation for the WATRC Championships coming up on 6 April at Battle Hill.

If you have Google Earth installed, take a look at our trail profiles - the KMZ files are designed to open in Google Earth. Just be aware that our trail profiles are based on past courses and may differ from the course on the day, but the do give you a pretty good idea of the kind of country you'll encounter.

See you at Waitohu.