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   Dreaming of Winter

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Author: Tadhg MacCarthy

I sit here in my Y-fronts and string vest in the midst of a Perth heatwave with the deadline for my next blog post looming. How can you even think about riding in this heat? 

Which gets me thinking? How does one wile away the time when waiting for better riding conditions to arrive?

Here's some of my tips...

On advrider.com the motto is Ride The World - see amazing dirt oriented motorcycle journeys around the world from real people. None more amazing, than AdvRider inmate neduro as he took on this year's Dakar rally - with daily blogs, phone-ins and amazing photos...

A local has also been on an interesting international sojourn - check out Pounce from local riding
group http://www.crustyquinns.com who spent Christmas and New Year travelling around Laos and
Thailand:

If racing is more your bag; the Aussie summer is AMA Supercross time. See Chad Reed and his
compatriots take it to the septics in this 17 round series featuring the best in the world. Mad skills,
crazy racing. If you don't have pay TV - you can find torrents of the shows a couple of days after the
races. If you don't know what a torrent is - check with your nearest 15 year old.

And of course there's YouTube - check out Dream Ride - this Aussie made production takes dirt bike
videos to the next level. Shot on a camera capable of 25,000 frames per second! The slow-mo is
mesmerising! 

Of course if you're not a wuss like me - you could still be out riding in this weather with the other
Mad Dogs and English men. 

If you do - beware of the curse of summer: dust - you can't see through it - you can't breathe in it.  But top tip - if you wait 60 seconds it disappears! Think about that next time your sucking your riding buddy's dust when you're riding three metres behind them.

Roll on some rain...