WOW... the 2009 installment of the Simpson Desert Bike Challenge is over...
What a year. Temperatures were noticably down on 2008. (where we hit a max' of 52 degrees celcius, and an average of 39) THIS year, 2009, was considerably more comfortable for human beings. We hit the max' of 42 twice I think. Both in the mid afternoon. Otherwise it hung around the 30 degree mark for most of the riding time.
But the difference this year was the sand. OH MY GOD... the sand!!!
The recent dust storms have really "fluffed" the sand and dust up and made the riding far worse than last year. I really found myself struggling to ride sections that I know I cleaned last year.
This years goal was simple. To make sure that when I was swept... that I was thoughourly STUFFED atr the time. In 2008 I always felt fine when I was swept. I was just slow.
My plan this time was to push myself much harder. So much so that i was royally stuffed everytime the evil Sweep got me.
I succeeded. My legs were in pain and my body hurts a hell of a lot.
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Closing comment... will I go back?
Answer... hell yes. Once more I've learned a lot. So has my wonderfull wife (my exceptional support crew). Is 2010 the year of the Surly Pugsley?