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No More Secrets – Nailcan Hill – Mission failed 2018

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I’d been in the vicinity of NCH since December, but with either it being too hot, being busy working in the garden, being too jet lagged to get up early, and a multitude of other excuses, I’ve only ridden NCH twice this spell in Australia.

The first time was in the heat of a summer’s day, I’d forgotten just how hard the push-up is in the summer heat, so didn't stay long. The second time, this time, was a complete omni-shambles. I looked at my weather app and it read 27°C and similar for the rest of the day, a break from the 40°C heat of the last few weeks, so I decide this is my opportunity to do NCH. I set off from Lavington, around a 30 minute cycle ride away, at 08:30. The intention was to session No More Secrets, which is a one diamond black.

I entered the reserve via the Gap Road entrance, and started up the fire road, it was bloody hot! After many rests on the way up, by the time I got to the top I was struggling with the heat. I’d taken four litres of water, my rucksack with tools, pump, first aid kit etc, and both my trail and full face helmets. All this weight, along with pushing my bike up and wearing/carrying full protection, made it heavy going. But I couldn’t quite tally why I was so hot, and exhausted.

I always ride the blues or blacks of NCH with a full-face helmet, spongebobs, back, elbow and knee protection. It is gnarly AF.

Once at the trail head I stopped and had a slice of melon, a drink and a rest, then go on my first run. I wanted to do a slow run, and stop to session all the drops I’d chickened out of last time. On getting to the triple drop, two teenagers were for some reason on the hill, on foot. And watching me as I rode, which I didn’t like at all as I’m embarrassed as to how shit my riding is. They wasn’t rude at all, in fact were complimentary, but it made me feel self-conscious. So I decided to push back to the top and start again, hoping they'd be gone by the time I ran down again. And it would give me the chance to make some improvements to the obstacles that I’d hesitated at on the first run.