Sunday, January 20, 2008
SlushCup 5 Avnstrup Hvalsø MTB
Very muddy course in todays race. Completely gummed up the wheels so ended up walking most of the course.
It was way out in the countryside at Avnstrup which is south of Roskilde. My GPS track is fine. Managed one lap, could have done two but I was only 5 minutes inside the hour, so it'd be another hour before I got back in and as it was my rear suspension failed again, but just before I finished the lap. Really annoying. Suppose I shall try and find something more agricultural...
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Thought for today
michi nunc contraria,
semper in angaria.
Hac in hora
corde pulsum tangite;
quod per sortem
mecum omnes plangite!
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Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Words from people's names
|America|| Amerigo Vespucci|
|ampere|| Andre Ampere|
|angstrom|| Anders Jonas Ångström|
|bogart||Humphrey Bogart||his style of smoking a cigarette|
|borked||Justice Robert Bork||a judge nominated, but never managing to hold office, due to the machinations of politicians blocking him.|
|boycott||Captain Charles Boycott (1832-1897)|| Irish Land League decided to punish him for not lowering his rents by boycotting him.|
|braille|| Louis Braille|
|Celsius|| Anders Celsius|
|chauvinism||Nicolas Chauvin|| early 19th–century French soldier|
|dahlia|| Anders Dahl|
|diesel|| Rudolf Diesel|
|draconian||Draco|| Athenian lawgiver not entirely confirmed to have existed|
|dunce||John Duns Scotus|| 13th/14th-century thinker|
|Fahrenheit|| Gabriel Fahrenheit|
|guy|| Guy Fawkes|
|lynch||Charles Lynch (1736-1796)|| Judge in Virginia|
|macadam|| John McAdam|
|martinet|| Jean Martinet|
|maverick|| Samuel Maverick|
|mickey-finn||Mickey Finn|| a Chicago saloon owner in one of the less salubrious parts of town. |
|nicotine|| Jean Nicot|
|ohm|| Georg Simon Ohm|
|pasteurize|| Louis Pasteur|
|poinsettia|| Joel Poinsett|
|quisling||Vidkun Quisling (18/7/1887–24/10/1945)||collaborated with the German invaders of Norway during WWII.|
|quixotic|| Don Quixote|
|sandwich|| Earl of Sandwich|
|saxophone|| Antoine Sax|
|shrapnel||General Henry Shrapnel (1761-1842)|| noticed ordinary cannon balls just didn't quite kill enough people|
|sideburns|| Ambrose Burnside|
|silhouette|| Etienne de Silhouette|
|spoonerism||Reverend William Archibald Spooner (1844–1930)|| was famous for his muddled one-liners|
|tawdry||St. Audrey||the daughter of the king of East Anglia |
|volt|| Count Alessandro Volta|
|watt|| James Watt|
|zeppelin|| Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin|
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SlushCup 4 DMK Øksnehallen
Urban, hence very slippery man-made surface course. Mix of various grades of tarmac, concrete and flag stones with packing crates to climb over to make it interesting. Inside and outside, wet areas, mostly dry, some snow, some ice, some with oil... The course wound its way through several buildings, down sets of stairs, down and up an underground car park and a set of switchbacks in a hall. Quite a good few fell off and many spectacular crashes, mostly due to a fronter with poor technique in hitting obstacles at an oblique angle or chickening out after committing and then the followers piling in up on top of them.
Some poor choices of tire were also apparent, and many overinflated. One guy went so far with the pressure he blew the rim off the front wheel. Quite a bang that one, I can tell you!
My video crew were busy filming as much as they could, but there was so much going on they could capture everything. The camera I was carrying failed due to the vibration (I think), so no in flight action, which is quite annoying. Reckon I shall move the camera from the handlebar to the side of my helmet.
The drops were too much for my rear suspension and it ended up bottomed out several times. Think I shall put a rubber bung to limit the travel.
Did five laps, if there wasn't quite so much traffic, reckoned I could have done seven.
My GPS track, due to the buildings it's not so brilliant with the capture.
Hit several television news spots, I know of four but have only found two so far.
Blink and you miss me here: TV2 @ 18:00 6/1/2008
I have a lovely sequence at the end of this one, showing how it should be done: TV2 Sport @ 22:45 6/1/2008
A sarcastic video on YouTube.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Thought for today
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