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Old 04-06-2013, 06:00 PM   #1
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'SEND MEL TO FINKE' Intro to Enduro Skills Ride and BBQ - Sunday MAY 19 -Glasshouse.

DATE CHANGE!!!!

Now Sunday 19th May

Meet: 8 am, Matthew Flinders Rest Area, Steve Irwin Way

ALL BIKES WELCOME - Snail Trails type ride - Enduro skills will be optional.


SUBJECT TO FAVORABLE WEATHER - MAY BE RESCHEDULED IF THE WEATHER IS CRAPOLA



As many of you would know by now, our much loved riding buddy, and all around dirt-bike queen - Melissa - is headed to the Finke Desert Race in June.
Now, you may not be aware that she is funding the trip herself, and that the expenses for such an entry run very high indeed. Many thousands of dollars in fact.

A few years ago, Mel was seriously injured in an accident with a drunk driver. Her fight to walk again would have been effort enough, but now she runs Tri-athalons and races dirt bikes!!! We are very proud of her, and are keen to help her realise her dreams.

So we, her friends would like to show our support by offering the



'Send Mel to Finke' Introduction to Enduro skills ride and BBQ!!


This ride is for everyone, but it's especially for newer riders who would like to step up from Grade 1 riding, and have a go at some Grade 2 and 3 terrain, at an extremely easy pace, and with total support from more experienced riders.
I encourage the chicks to get on this one too, all skill levels are welcome.


THE PLAN:

We will have discussions and demonstrations of basic enduro riding skills, such as:
Body positioning (riding standing up etc)
Slow riding
Emergency braking on gravel
Balance
Water crossing
Riding in deep sand
How to tackle rocky hills and more.
Also some handy hints for preparing your bike, maintenance, handling the bike when in tight situations. All the stuff it usually takes months to pick up... the hard way!

After the ride, we will put on a BBQ snag sizzle and some light beers and soft drinks.

So come along, grab some skills, have a great social ride day with no pressure at all, meet our very own lady racer, enjoy some food, a drink and some great company.

All we ask is that you make a donation of around $15 towards Mel's entry and support fees.



Here she is in action, thanks to B1 for the video:






WHEN: SUNDAY MAY 12
WHERE: MATTHEW FLINDERS REST AREA, STEVE IRWIN WAY, GLASSHOUSE
MEET: 8.00 am for 8.30 ride brief and the first skills demo.
BRING: Registered bike, license or learners, all safety gear including knee and elbow armour, water, camera, $15 and a good sense of humour and a taste for adventure!

AS WITH ALL OUR RIDES, YOU SHOULD RIDE AT A PACE THAT YOU FEEL IS SAFE. YOU SHOULD NEVER ATTEMPT ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH, AND YOU SHOULD SEEK ADVICE OR HELP IF UNSURE.
YOU MUST READ AND AGREE TO THE DISCLAIMER http://snail-trails.sportsontheweb.net/disclaimer.htm BEFORE COMING ON ANY GROUP RIDE.
THIS IS AN INFORMAL, NOT FOR PROFIT RIDE, NO RESPONSIBILITY IS TAKEN OR IMPLIED.


So who's in??

Strumm - lead
Sandy - sugar distribution officer
Mr Bergman - chief videographer
Melissa - demonstrator and helper
Kirstie - chief catering officer
Scott - Helper
Brett - Helper
Kawasaki Glenn (?)
dwb79 - bike setup demonstrator
RE017 - Helper
Flower Power
Stuart - Helper
Dennis - Helper
Candace
mGary - Helper/sweep
Young gun 640
xronly
Stefs cruiser
0405canvet + 1
Knowles (?)
drzTroy + 1 (?)
Wasca - mothership driver
Peter
Stew
Paul
Nathan C
Chinky (??)




(insert your name here)

DATE CHANGE!!!!

Now Sunday 19th May

Meet: 8 am, Matthew Flinders Rest Area, Steve Irwin Way

ALL BIKES WELCOME - Snail Trails type ride - Enduro skills will be optional.
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:02 PM   #2
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If you can't make it to the ride, but would like to help Mel out with a little donation (no matter how little) please send me a private message, and I can supply you with details on how to deposit.

Thanks for your kind support, it will mean a LOT to a girl who's strength is very inspiring!
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:45 PM   #3
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I'll also add, that if you would like to come on the ride, but are unable to donate, that's cool too.
The ride is really just about showing our support for each other.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:44 PM   #4
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as i said on the other forum, i'll definitely support mel as long as i can keep up to film her. after that she's on her own...

should be a brilliant day, can't wait!
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:25 AM   #5
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I'll also add, that if you would like to come on the ride, but are unable to donate, that's cool too.
The ride is really just about showing our support for each other.

The sand part of Finke is easy, its the whoops that wear you down, bloody hard on you. Tell Mel to watch a Finke movie it will give her an insight. If she can,t get hold of one PM me and I will post it to you.But I would want it back. Shouldn,t be too much water although it was raining down as far as Deep Well this week.
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:06 AM   #6
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Thanks mate, I'll check with her, but I'm guessing she is all over it already, knowing her
Thanks for the info.
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:45 AM   #7
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Thanks mate, I'll check with her, but I'm guessing she is all over it already, knowing her
Thanks for the info.


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Old 04-07-2013, 02:53 AM   #9
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Rider fitness is critical for sure.. But skills training in glass house isn't really ideal. My advice is Get Mel to join a Mx club and smash whoops. Also do plenty of speed conditioning. You gotta teach the brain to react at high speed.

Find some deep sandy river/creek beds and flog yourself

Get a good dampener get your suspension set up specific for the task.

Good luck Mel.
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:33 AM   #10
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steering damper
deep sand practice -weekly, on kings bore track
bike setup
whoops practice - good suggestion, thanks Podge and Joe



acting like a fkwit and spamming other peoples threads -
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:23 AM   #11
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[QUOTE=Strummer;21127543]steering damper
deep sand practice -weekly, on kings bore track
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whoops practice - good suggestion, thanks Podge and Joe



sounds like we need a wkend/wkdays on fraser island???or a weekday ride and find some sand and whoops and
just ride them all day for her to feel/find and good balance of what to get ready for, anyone??
if so count me in
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If I can't make it I ll be happy to donate
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:01 PM   #13
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If you can't make it to the ride, but would like to help Mel out with a little donation (no matter how little) please send me a private message, and I can supply you with details on how to deposit.

Thanks for your kind support, it will mean a LOT to a girl who's strength is very inspiring!


You said in your intro 4.5 hrs across the desert to Finke, actually the cut off time is 4 hrs. If you take longer you cannot race back to Alice, so you need to average about 60 kmh for the whole distance to finish in time. To average 60 you need to do some fairly high speeds in the good spots, you also have to allow for 2 fuel stops.
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:16 PM   #14
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So who's in??

Strumm - lead
Sandy - sugar distribution officer
Mr Bergman - chief videographer
Melissa - demonstrator and helper
Kirstie - chief catering officer
Scott - Helper
Brett - Helper
Kawasaki Glenn (?)
dwb79 - bike setup demonstrator
Flower Power
Stuart - Helper
Dennis - Helper
Candace
mGary - Helper/sweep
Young gun 640
xronly
Stefs cruiser
0405canvet + 1
Knowles (?)
drzTroy + 1 (?)
Wasca - mothership driver
Peter
Stew
Paul
Nathan C
Chinky (??)
Drozit?
Nemo + 1
Castaway + 1





(insert your name here)
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Old 04-09-2013, 01:40 AM   #15
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hey strummer count me in for the ride plus one thanx.
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