Friday, October 17, 2008

Some more pics.

Myself after riding 40klms in a sandstorm.

The Ibis on a dune (Day 2). At this point I'd like to point out that the bike performed flawlessly. Thanks to the guys at Ibis for designing such a great frame. Everyone else was riding short travel XC style bikes and there I was on the 5.5" travel Mojo.

Going with the large bag 2.5" Syncros tyres was a great decision, I was able to ride sandy sections that the other fitter, stronger (lighter) riders were walking. Technique and bike set-up were very important. (a serious extra dose of fitness might have helped me though). As was the DT Swiss carbon rear shock and the Manitou Minute MRD forks.

The Sram XO gripshift worked perfectly for the entire event as did the last minute choice of Crank Brothers Mallet pedals.

My exceptional support crew (my wonderfull wife) and I at the Birdsville pub after the final stage. the first one is straight after finishing the complete final stage.

the second one is a little later after I'd recovered a little.


Well... we're back. I didn't die. And it was the greatest experiance of my life.

We have thousands of pics (really) and will pick some of the best and put them up over the next few weeks. For now... here are the most important ones to me.

Finally finishing a stage and crossing the line at Birdsville. (the final stage)

I never would have made that stage had it not been for 4 other riders. They just refused to leave me behind. A huge thank you to Vance, William, Heinz and most of all to Kane.

the support convoy on the endless dunes... early morning shot...

An arty' pic of the bike on a dune (again) on day 3

Sandstorm... day 4

the final finishers at the Birdsville pub. from left, back row: Roman, Warren, Lynton, William (yellow jersey), Kane, Wayne, Vance. Then Freddy in the green jersey and Swiss Heinz in the red Swiss jersey.