It turns out my biggest investment into cycling this year isn’t even a bicycle. We haven’t had a car since we left for Japan more than three years ago and we get by in our daily life quite nicely without one. However, we’ve finally decided that we need one to do all the mountain biking and time trialling we’d like so this week we picked up a Toyota Yaris. It has a motor, seats, doors and a radio. And it fits a couple of bikes in the back. More, once I get a roof rack sorted out. So this weekend, to test it out, I went for a Friday night mountain bike ride with Jason.

There she is! And there’s a car behind her.

It ws still light when we started. When we’ve done this before, we’ve had the track to ourselves but last Friday, there were a few other people about. By which I mean there were probably six of us on 18km of track. Crowded.

Here’s Jason telling me to get a shift on.

And here’s where Kazuko fell off last time we came here. It is a sharp wee drop.

Really – who answers the phone in the middle of a mountain bike ride?

Then this morning, we had the luxury of driving to the first time trial of the new season. Usually the ride to Champion Lakes makes for a good warm up but we had a front come through in the night and it was quite wet out. Kaz and I started warming up when we got there but when we saw some nasty dark clouds heading for us, we went straight back to the warmth and shelter of the new car.

Hoping the rain (and a little hail) passes before our start.

It was a wet ride and I got dirt all over my race number but the best part was not having to ride home at the end of it all. I hate cars, but sometimes, they’re not too bad, are they?

My race number got all dirty.

 

 

 

 

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