Sunday, September 27, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
My race was pretty much over when I rolled a tub going into one of the steep banks, leaving me with a long run back to the pits. It was a shame as I had been riding in around 30th place which is actually pretty good for me.
So this week I need to go back to basics and re-gluing all my tubs. I think I went wrong by trying to keep things tidy and not using enough glue - with two thin layers on both rim and the tub I thought I'd be safe, but I wasn't. New tubs and new rims obviously need more.
Today's required reading: race.cx pro tub gluing technique, crossjunkie's tub gluing post, cyclocrossworld's features on tub gluing (part one and part two), plus of course re-reading the tub gluing section in Simon Burney's Cyclocross: Training and Techniques book. If that doesn't drum it home, I'm doomed.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Also, I counted 13 Police motorbike outriders, on this - completely closed road - stage. Are they just there to show off in front of the public or what? Maybe I'm just bitter that grassroots cycle sport is left to flounder with zero Police support while the elite is seen as a great marketing opportunity.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
These shots are me having a play with on camera flash. I've not really used a flash on the camera very much in the past, but looking through fashion mags, it seems a pretty popular look - on camera flash against a white wall, you can't go wrong can you? I used a manual setting on the camera (1/80th, f4, 200iso I think...) and just set the flash on ETTL, although after a bit of experimenting I decided to overexpose the flash 1 and bit stops to get the wall bright white.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Sunday, September 06, 2009
If anyone ever suggests to you that a training camp in Scotland, in September is a good idea, laugh them out of town.
We've been here 36 hours now, and as far as I know, it hasn't stopped raining the whole time. In fact it makes the weather forecast above, taken from Loch Fyne Fisheries, seem a little over optimistic. God knows what the rest of the week will be like, but I don't think there's going to be a whole lot of bike riding going on if it stays like this.
Here's hoping there's a lot of running involved at the Exeter round of the National Trophy cyclocross in two weeks...