|Clayton Vale Time Trial.||Weather Conditions:||Time of day:||Warm up:||Time:||Improved||Amendments to bike:||Notes:|
|19 July 2013||Sunny||2pm||yes||25:58||n/a||Giant Boulder, first go. Wearing Teva’s.||Had to stop to get water out of bag.|
|22 July 2013||Sunny||3pm||yes||22:19||3:39||DCS skate shoes. New water bottle.|
|24 July 2013||Little rain||1pm||Yes||21:31||:48||Helmet. Elbow pads. Gloves.||Woman got in my way.|
|26 July 2013||Sunny, Very dry||12pm||yes||21:04||:27||Need new bike. Outgrown Giant Boulder. Suspension creaking.||Came off path. Getting feel of it!|
|27 July 2013||Sunny||2pm||yes||21:00:59||:4||New bike! Trek 6700. 19” Frame. Needs dialling.||Back tyre was low. Rip back tyre.|
|29 July 2013||Wet, muddy.||12pm||yes||20:24||:34||Adjust brakes and shifter positions. Seat forward. Change back tyre, Michelin continental.||2 guys got in my way near start.|
|02 Aug 2013||Dry||3pm||no||20:14||:10||New WTB Silverado saddle and Ritchie seat post.||Felt rough without warm up.|
|05 Aug 2013||Raining, muddy, puddles||3pm||yes||19:44:77||:30||Lowered handle bars. Change front tyre Schwalbe hard climber.||Much better with lower bars. Foot slipped on pedal once. Good run. Fitness and technique improving.|
|06 Aug||Wet ground, slippery, puddles.||12:30pm||Yes*||19:28||:16||New suspension pump. Suspension dialled. 100 psi. Was way too high.||People in way. Had to run up hill, bad gear change. *able to lean more in corners, getting better on pump track.|
|06 Aug||Wet ground, slippery, puddles.||2:30pm||Yes||n/a||n/a||New bike! Jamis Nemesis. 650b. Suspension dialled. 95 psi. Back break lever damaged, bent. Need new Allen key.||Timer messed up. 650b tyres ate up the trail! No time. Felt very fast though Take off on jumps!.|
|07 Aug||Dry, cloudy/Sunny.||2:30pm||Yes||19:16||:12||Gear levers and brake levers adjusted, though too severely. 2do – oil chain put back seat a lil and try new angle, slight point down.||Actually came off bike, first time, though still stayed on feet, tricky b11 corner. Lost a few seconds. One bad gear change on hill, had to get off and push. Chain needs oil. Front derailleur needs slight adjust. Felt low energy 2day.|
|09 Aug 2013||Rained earlier, slightly slippery.||1:45||Yes||19:15||:1||Adjusted front derailleur. oiled chain. Put seat back and angled nose down.||Chain off on uphill. felt slow in general. Afterwards went round red orange/ black trails. Tough.|
|11th Aug 2013||Dryish cloudy/Sunny||12.45||Yes||18:32||:43||Attempted to angle seat, nose down, seat however became too loose. Maybe helped stay out of seat.||One woman in way, had to slow down, no major mistakes.|
1, Start at wooden stump in front of pylon. (Basically follow dark blue route all the way round the outside of the trails. Turning right at B18.)
2, Fast downhill to arches.
3, Up-hill to B04. follow blue route all way to bridge and green gate.
4, Up-hill and follow blue route, turning right at b18.
5, Do a full circle at b26
6, Last climb to pass wooden stump to finish.
Have recently started mountain biking again after a long pause, had a fall. Some new trails built near me, Clayton Vale, am really enjoying them. Decided to do a cross country time trial just to chart my progress. lap is taking aound 20 minutes. Hope to get that time down. Am currently focusing on the blue trails, until my fitness and technique increase.