riding on the moon

12 05 2010

I wonder what it would be like to ride my bike on the moon. There would be a few things to overcome, not least being the lack of any gravitational force. Well, in the weekend just gone I did just that. It was the annual Cateye Moonride held in the Whakarewarewa Forest, Rotorua, New Zealand. The Moonride is New Zealand’s largest 24 hour mountain bike race, with just under 2,000 participants. We all rode a combined distance of about 2 and a half times around the world!!

It started on a freezing cold Friday night at 10 o’clock . We set up our two tents. One for sleeping, and one just to hang out in. It was a family team. We had 4 riders who were willing to do most of the riding, especially through the night, and a few others who were happy to do some day time laps to help the rest of us have a bit of a break. The idea is that one person from each team is riding at any one time – the winning team being the ones who have completed the most laps in the 24 hour time period, the laps being about 8km long.

At the heart of the event is the tent city, the epicentre of the festive atmosphere that makes the event so enticing for cyclists all over New Zealand. There were jokers riding in all sorts of costumes, unfortunately for some there was no nudity but the rider adorned merely in a g-string made an obligatory appearance, as well as a storm-trooper dressed in full armour all the way from the death star, there were a few superheroes, and of course there were several men dressed as women.

The Phillips Clan completed a total of 45 laps in the 24 hour time limit. This was 71st place out of 93 teams in our category. We were happy as larry.

Here is the course:

View Interactive Map on MapMyRide.com




One response

14 09 2010
thrilled « the drug pedaler

[…] have to say I wasn’t totally thrilled at the prospect of another mountain bike race! The Cateye Moonride back in May was a new experience for me, and the bitter cold and overly aggressive riders sapped […]

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