Gears and Beers 2018

WAGGA WAGGA, NSW – SEPT 29 – OCT 1, 2018

This year Ben, Jaeryl, Binglin, Jay, and I took part in Gears and Beers, Wagga Wagga’s annual cycling and craft beer festival. The event itself consists of 5 road races and 2 gravel races all of varying distances. We took part in the “Filthy 50” which is the shorter of the gravel races at 50km.

Day 1:

After a quick meet up early lunch at the Old Canberra Inn and picking up some quality snags from Lyneham butcher, we prepared for the trip up to Wagga Wagga. The cars were packed to the bim, the bikes where strapped to the back and were on our way. The drive was pretty uneventful, Jay, Binglin, and Ben in one car Jaeryl and I in another.

After a few stuff-arounds with forgetting things and needing to buy ice for the esky, Jaeryl and I met the others at our campsite. We all set up our tents before unloading the bikes and hitting up the Thirsty Crow Brewery for a beer and to check out the bicycle showcases on display. Once we got back to camp we set up the BBQ for a smorgasbord of award-winning sausages and an early night to prep for the next morning of cycling fun.

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Day 2:

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The day of the event I whipped up some bacon and egg rolls on the BBQ and the five of us head down to the starting line for the launch of the Filthy 50.

The weather was amazing that day, not a single cloud in the sky. There was a nice cool breeze pumping that fresh air into the lungs and the scenery along the dirt roads was stunning.

It was a bit lonely though. Jaeryl and I lost the others at the starting line and then I lost Jaeryl up the first hill. So the following two hours it was me, myself and I pedaling along, enjoying the ride, talking to other riders and pushing my limits. Which was good, but next time I want to try and stick with the group a bit more.

After the ride, we all gathered together and went to enjoy the festivities. I didn’t get many photos of this, as I was too busy drinking beer and enjoying the festival food. That’s a sign of a good festival right?

Some beers of note were a lamington stout and vanilla milk stout from the local brewery, Thirsty Crow. Their summer ale was also pretty great and well welcomed after the bike ride.

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Day 3:

Day 3 was a nice,  chill public holiday day. We took a beautiful, albeit slightly sketchy, early morning bike ride along the Murrumbidgee and a quick jaunt around town before having breakfast, packing up, and heading home to crash on the couch.

 

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We had a fantastic adventure riding around Wagga Wagga and taking in the sights. So much so, that we have already booked tickets for next years challenge, pushing ourselves to complete the Dirty 130, 130km in one day of sealed and unsealed roads.

Anyone wanting to hit us up and come join in the adventures is welcome.

Article by Eddy L
Photos by Eddy, Gears and Beers Photographers, OAUS

Editing Alex

 

New year, New goals

Last year, I learnt a lot about activity moderation and self-care. Where by the end of last year I took on an overwhelming amount of activities, which I filled every second of my free time before, after work and on weekends. My mind and body suffered, and it took me months to recover from just how much strain I put on myself.

This year, the focus will be on activities that are relaxing, flexible and provide positive personal growth and mental health. The list below, highlights outdoor recreation activities and leadership skills I will be working towards. This provides both physical, mental and personal growth.

#1 – Taekwondo on hold

I am a red belt going into brown belt in WTF Taekwondo, but I have lost my motivation distracted by so many other activities I want to do this year. I would not be able to focus on the work required to perfecting forms and techniques. For now, I will be delaying my return.

#2 – Exploration hikes

Since completing the arduous Nattai River, Russells Needle exploration, I have been initiated into more arduous and technical hiking with the club. An exciting personal achievement, and a step towards mountaineering.

*Field Report to be provided for mentioned trip

#3 – Lead an overnight hike

My hiking mentors believe, I’m at a level where I can start leading my own hikes with the club. There are a few skills I need to practice, and courses I want to do that will help my confidence in leading.

My plan is to utilize this website as a lead hiker’s portfolio and field journal of my experiences. Which gives potential attendees of the future hikes a chance of getting to know me and my skillset before engaging in a trip with me.

#4 – Rock climbing and bouldering

I bought shoes, harness and helmet with full intentions in expanding my climbing experience from indoor to outdoor. This works out for both climbing and abseiling canyoning trips that I want to do in future.

The plan is to get to a medium to hard level of climbing/bouldering indoor so that my technique is refined before joining the Canberra Climbing association for outdoor climbing. I will be starting bouldering during January, whilst I wait to get my Belay pass for ANUMC climbing wall for orientation week in February.

#5 – Overnight bike packing and camping

I will need time to save money before I upgrade my current flat bar commuter. I’m looking at Fuji touring 2018 – Specialized Diverge for future road touring. Destination will be Launceston to Hobart 10-day trip for 2019.

#6 – 4 Day Survival Course by the Australian Survival Instructors (ASI)

I will hopefully be attending a comprehensive survival course that incorporates foraging, hunting and primitive shelter building into a four-day course. I love all things relating to outdoor recreation and bush craft is high on the list.

I have attended the Stay Alive – essential skills for survival, a basic hiking survival course by Brian Newton through Australian School of Mountaineering (ASM). He and his brother were the founders of Australian Survival Instructor (ASI).

Learning to survive and thrive in the woods with limited modern tools has been on my wishlist after rereading a childhood series of books called Hatchet by Gary Paulson recently. Over the years, I’ve been watching, reading books and articles by Ray Mears, Paul Kirtley, MCQbushcraft and the Queensland base youtube channel Primitive Technology.

#7 – Larapinta trail June/August 2018

I intend to hike the Larapinta trail this year, potentially with the She Devil crew whom I hiked with for the Overland track.

See Upcoming trips – for Larapinta trip

#8 – Certificate for Outdoor Recreation

I have considered getting certification, this is a future aspiration and I’m just looking at local and online courses right now. This may be something I take on this year or next.

#9 – Remote First Aid

I am currently certified in Basic First aid, I will be getting certified in Remote First aid this year specifically for hiking and Rural firefighting. Safety and Preparedness is my priority when out adventuring.

#10 – Village Firefighting certification RFS

This year, I will be completing my Village Firefighting course for RFS. This is to increase my skillset in the brigade, more experience and knowledge is number one in firefighting and preparedness.

This list will have items crossed off once completed and new items added one through the first half of the year. I love making lists and crossing them off. 😊