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Posted by: Jodie
I haven't done Dusk til Dawn (D2D) for a couple of years so I was delighted when Karen Aldis of Gipping Race Team asked if I'd like to do it with her as a pair. Having only raced D2D in a team of three and a team of four before, this was going to be quite challenging, but something I felt I could handle.

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Posted by: Dave
Hello again! A lot has happened since my last blog post in August, (if you missed it, you can read it here) but in another, more accurate way; not that much has happened. I had planned to get to the closing rounds of the Midlands XC Series in August/September, but an annoying shoulder injury put me out of action for around 6 weeks.

It happened on a casual ride through our local trails in Whitwick. At least it started out as a casual ride, but things escalated pretty quickly. I’m a firm believer that you need to scare yourself on the bike every now and then, and on this ride I was scaring myself on most of the lines we were riding (riding with Dr. Jon normally has that effect). I ended up trying a pretty sketchy line that I’d looked at many times, but have always found an excuse not to do it. I got about half way down it before my front wheel got caught in a bit of a hole, and I hit the eject button. For some reason, as I was mid-air going over the bars, I decided that the best place to land would be the one hard rock amid a sea of soft undergrowth. Bugger. I didn’t break anything, but I did strain some ligaments in my shoulder which put me out of action for about 6 weeks.

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Posted by: Jodie
It was the last round of MSG - the end to a stronger spring/summer season for me. I've ridden Langdon Hills a couple of times before so knew well in advance what I was letting myself in for - hills - and some long tricky ones! I did my usual Saturday evening prep and packed all the car up minus the bike, which I'd sort in the morning. It's a 2 hour drive from home so I wanted as much done as possible as getting up at 5am wasn't going to be pleasant!

I arrived at Langdon at 8am, said a few hellos and set off for a pre-ride. The course in places was the same as I had ridden in the past, with a few new added bits including a new tight turn left followed by a sharp short hill, and some tight twisty bits in the woods.

This was going to be a tough one for me as I'm not very strong when it comes to hills so my plan was not to go off too hard at the beginning and instead just pace myself so I had strength in my legs for the hills.

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