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The Exorcism

Posted in Epics, Icons, MTB, Racing by brettok on March 8, 2010

Back in my youth, my mates at the time were fascinated by the controversial ‘horror’ film from the 70’s, The Exorcist.  They would quote lines from it verbatim, and although I was yet to view it, I soon knew the best/worst of the expletive-laden script.  Finally, I saw the film one night at a midnight to dawn session at the drive-in, and while it scared me somewhat, I still didn’t want to turn away and miss any of the vomitting, swearing, levitating, head-spinning action.  Kind of like how I feel about Karapoti;  it’s a hell of a race, but I couldn’t turn my back on it.  Not until the demons of last year were finally cast out.   (more…)


Posted in General, Racing, Riding by brettok on February 8, 2010

With Karapoti only a month away, a trip to the Akatarawas was slated for a sunny Sunday.  Believe me, sunny and the Akas are usually mutually exclusive, so any chance of a dry pre-run of the course is welcome.  Marjolein, Rigid, Mikey and myself made the pilgrimage.


Face the pain

Posted in General, Icons, Racing, Road by brettok on January 17, 2010


In his series The Peloton, photographer Timm Kolln has not only captured that sentiment on film, but also with those words.


New Year’s Revolution

Posted in General, Racing, Riding by brettok on January 1, 2010

Sometimes, you’ve got to do things that you don’t really want to, but need to.  Like riding the trainer.  A couple of ordinary days weather-wise after Christmas necessitated this bugbear, but a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. Why do I gotta do it?


More cowbell

Posted in General, Racing by brettok on November 16, 2009


I wondered what the two BMX forks and screwdrivers in Josh’s bag could possibly be for…


Wild life

Posted in General, Racing by brettok on November 9, 2009


Racing is painful, but with teammates like the awesome On Yer Bike guys and girls, 12 hours is a snip.  Time flies when you’re having fun, right?  Well, that was fun…