Kaos custom bikes is off to wildside in sunny Tasmania.
Andrew (Kaos shop owner), Leigh (Webmaster) and Thomas (Profesional Shop Groupie) have signed up for the 2011 running of this iconic race. And just in time too! the 350 entires for this bi-annual sold out within a week leaving many a disappointed punter.
Now with 6 months before the start we have left ourselves plenty of time to train, and coming of different base backgrounds and fitness levels it may take the full 6 months to prepare. Our friends at Bib Stillwell BMW will be sponsering us by suppliying us with a vehicle for the duration of the event. With plenty of time to train, there will be a bit of shop friendly rivalry beforehand, which I'm sure will turn into serious competition during the event.
As shop owner of a high end bike shop, Andy is never caught with anything other than the latest model top end bike. While being a excellent technical rider and quite capable hill climber due to his lithe body, his endurance does come into question in which he defends himself by claiming that with being at the shop long hours, he does not get the time to ride.
Being a mountain biker for many years, I do have the advantage of having completed wildside twice before. In fact the inaugural Wildside in 2002 was my first ever mountain bike race - quite a rude awakening at the time. Although I don't think I need any specific training for wildside other than maybe a few extra commutes to work, Andrew likes to point out that my technical abilites and downhilling leave a lot to be desired. In my defence I remind him of a mountain biking accident in which I was knocked unconcious and ambulance off to hospital before receiving a cat scan, many stitches and a arm in cast - that usally shuts him up!
Undoubtedly the fittest amoungst us, Thomas had been a roadie well ....forever. A quick look at his well-defined quads and silky-shaven skin says it all! Very recently Thomas came over to the dark side of mountain biking, and after one enduro race at Forrest he had is entry to Wildside in. Can Thomas convert all that rodie straight-line power into silky single track smooth lines?? ..time will tell.