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Post Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:56 pm

The Pt Pirie Trip (through the eyes of Rage)

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*disclaimer - yes this is topical, and all meant in good fun

April 2010 saw 3 of Port Adelaide Cycling Clubs (PACC) top elite cyclists descend on the town of Port Pirie for the State Masters Games. Gemma, Alex and Kain met up with 3 other PACC crew Kev Hannaford, Marky G (self proclaimed track specialist) and Rob Pollard to set about decimating the competition on the track and road.

Here is their story as told through the eyes of Rageman…

We left Gemma’s at 9 pm on Tuesday night in the big Yellow Volvo all knackered from a long day of work. A stop at Pt Wakefield for coffee turned out to be lesson why one should never assume. In Pt Wakefield, extra large coffees do no have extra shots of caffine only lots of extra milky goodness but this was fine as we were banking on needing the protein for the anticipated muscle damage in the coming days.

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‘So determined was Gemma to dominate the competition, lightning was literally exploding from her eyes.’

Talk moved quickly to the racing. Who would be our competition, what would the track be like, would the levels of lead in the air impede our performance? The discussion only deviated from topic when Gemma offered quaint words of wisdom such as ‘I’ve never seen so many f*ckin stars’. On arrival in Pirie we checked out the visitor centre for some directions to our cabin but rapidly moved on when confronted by a guy apparently masturbating in the bushes. The local roadhouse helped us on our way with its own version of Jay and Silent Bob offering stares of disapproval. The cabin was adequate with Gemma getting the queen size bed and Alex and I sharing a shoe box with two children sized beds.

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‘The Yellow Volvo did not go un noticed in Pirie, mainly due to the parking styles of Rageman.’

Wednesday morning we set off, a couple of early risers were sitting on their doorstep opposite the track in the sun, presumably recovering from a big Pirie Tuesday night. All our questions about whom our competition would be were answered at sign on, all 3 of us were the sole entrants in our age groups, so the clean sweep of gold was done and dusted. Being in the league we are, a short meeting with the towns Mayor was hastily arranged, introductions and formalities out the way, we went back to the track to start the events.

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Gemma, Brenton Vanstone (Mayor Pt Pirie), Kain and Alex.

Wednesdays racing was great with a 200, 500 and pursuit. Although the 3 of us had secured gold, there was some great racing between Kev and Marky, however riding really took a back seat the rest of Pirie’s people and features.

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‘The brutal force of Alexs take off was enough to blow Mikes clip board from his hands!’

‘Living with Lead’ is hot topic amongst Pirie’s residence with a quite a few conversations amongst locals on the topic of personal lead counts and how to hide them from the ‘inspectors’. Apparently 40 is good and 60 is bad? These guys were clocking 60’s and hiding in cupboards…

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‘Riding fixies is the hip thing at the moment. But riding fixed with race plate, skin suit, and disc wheel through traffic that has never seen a bicycle before, is the ultimate in cool.’

Marky was starting to feel the effects of the lead as the day progressed so we all adjourned to the local RSL to wash the toxic substance from our throats. The locals spotted earlier in the morning were still on their front doorstep 8 hours later, so we gathered it must have been a pretty big night or there’s not much to do on a Wednesday in Pirie! With all our change gone to the meat tray raffle, we left the RSL for the sportsman’s bar and presentations. An assurance by us, that if we won the meat tray, we would return and cook it up at the RSL, convinced the locals we were ok and could be trusted.

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‘Some people (Marky) did not seem to take the protection of Pt Pirie as seriously as others.’

Presentations were great fun. Some of the older crew were getting rowdy with one gentleman declaring Rageman as the ‘best rider/person in town’. I reminded my colleagues of this statement a few hundred times during the remainder of the trip.

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“Alex humble in victory’

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‘Kev, sharking at the RSL’


The rest of the night was a blur…

Thursday consisted of match sprints. The highlight being Kev and Marky’s all day battle, Rob vs his cousin and Bill and Trev. Much to Alex’s amusement I had been calling Phil, Bill all day, but he was a bro and didn’t care. We also did a PACC team pursuit with Gemma, Rob and I racing Marly, Kev and Alex. We won convincingly. Another highlight of the day was being pulled aside by ‘dodgy Doug’. Doug is an old school racer who shared his ‘legal’ supplement secrets with me such as Bi-carb, Oxygenated water and Q10. Although these supplements did scare me a bit his stories of being ‘taken out’ in races by ‘bloody Victorians’ with extra long wheel axles were quite amazing..

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PACC Crew. Kain, Kev, and Rob (back) Gemma, Marky and Alex. ‘Pick the odd one out’

Post racing again proved to be pretty entertaining. Visits to the shark museum and RSL museum were quality experiences and highly recommended. Unfortunately Marky’s lead count was pushing 60, so our intended and much hyped tour of the Smelter was cancelled for health and safety reasons. As luck would have it the Special Olympics motorcade was in town so we stopped the Yellow Volvo in the middle of the road and celebrated the specialness.

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‘Alex was pumped to see the police, macca’s and the Special Olympic torch all in the one location’.


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‘Pt Pirie recycles its old train line infrastructure into fancy stobie poles’.


Thursday night was again celebrated in style at both the RSL and Sportsman’s Bar.

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‘A is for Awesome’

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‘Alex, Gemma and Marky chillin in the underground en-route to schnitzel’.

Friday was the ITT and Crit day. The effects of the lead and booze were starting to take its toll on the males so only Gemma participated in the ITT. She smashed herself whilst we showed our support by sitting in macca’s drinking bad coffee. The crits were held in perfect conditions at an old industrial area on some fresh ‘hot mix’ so the racing was pretty good. There was some time to pass before we were on so we explored the wastelands of Pirie on foot. We must have looked a sight, guys in Lycra picking their way through snake infested ruins in search of something interesting. We didn’t find anything interesting. Racing was good although our legs and lead quota were really giving us grief by now. We didn’t stick around for Friday night, and headed home to our loved ones (well Gemma and I did, Alex doesn’t have any).

Big shout out to Smalesy for organising a good session of riding, Mike Harnett for keeping the bastards honest and Gemma’s dad for lending us his car.

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‘Spend too much time with lead and you grow a second head” – this is the safety warning at the smelter.

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‘Alex and Marky reeking havoc on the peleton.’

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‘Kain and Kev, burning up the tar’

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‘Game over.’
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Post Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:38 pm

Re: The Pt Pirie Trip (through the eyes of Rage)

rage man wrote: We didn’t stick around for Friday night, and headed home to our loved ones (well Gemma and I did, Alex doesn’t have any).



Alex has got a Barndogg!
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Post Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:54 pm

That settles it, my "blog" is utter drivel compared to the epic race reports of Rageman and Gemma.
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Post Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:16 pm

Re: The Pt Pirie Trip (through the eyes of Rage)

sam england wrote:
rage man wrote: We didn’t stick around for Friday night, and headed home to our loved ones (well Gemma and I did, Alex doesn’t have any).



Alex has got a Barndogg!


LOL!
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Post Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:46 pm

Tim
Great read!
I went there 2 years ago and had a great time also.
The track is interesting, the company is great and the atmoshere is competitive and friendly.
Mark it in your diaries for 2012.
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