Monday, 17 December 2007

Battle Hill results and Newsletter 104 published

Newsletter 104 has been distributed by email and is now available on the website.

Also available are results from the Battle Hill ride.

Thanks to Aimee for putting this all togehter while Catherine is overseas for the Xmas break. It takes a lot of willing hands to keep our club going and everyone's contribution is appreciated.

On that note, if anyone can offer assistance at the Waitarere ride's on the 5th and 6th of January, do get in touch with Eunice and offer a hand. There are always lots of jobs to do on the day around the ride base and many hands make for light work.

Do enjoy your Xmas break and we look forward to seeing all our friends and fellow competitors safe and rested in the New Year.

Sunday, 16 December 2007

Battle Hill photo set available on Flickr

Uploading of the Battle Hill photos was completed last night and a link is now active on the Photos page of the WATRC website that will take you to them. Included at the end of the set is the group shot of the 1st placed partnerships and indivifual shots for those who requested them.

We're still hanging out for official results and the newsletter, but they'll be posted to the website soon after they're emailed to members.

I've noticed that the presentation of the blog isn't all it should be in a Firefox browser (works as intended in IE 7) so I'll have a look into that and see if I can work out what the problem is.

Saturday, 15 December 2007

Battle Hill photos uploading now

As I write, photos from the Battle Hill ride are uploading to Flickr - it's been a marathon day of editing what was a larger than usual batch. One of the nice things about a loop track is you generally get a second or third chance at photographing many of the riders, and so many of you will find yourselves in several photos.

With dinner guests about to arrive, I'm unlikely to get a set and links from the WATRC site organised until either very, very late, or more likely sometime on Sunday, but the upload should complete in a few hours from now, ISP willing!

But if you really can't wait, you can find the photos as they arrive simply by going to one of the already published sets and clicking on the "David F-I" link, or click on this one Use your browser's "Refresh" button every 10 minutes or so and you should find another one or two pics. Because I upload the high resolution images, it does take a while, but once they're there, Flickr takes care of the re-sizing, bless them.

Enjoy, and have a safe and happy Xmas and New Year
David

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Horses and riders endure in near record December highs

Battle Hill is a wonderful venue with good trails and fabulous views, but what a tough ride! In 27 degree heat, three substantial hill-climbs are not to be taken lightly.

Horses and riders set out in overcast but still and humid weather. Where the forest would normally offer welcome shade, it instead imposed un-needed shelter from what little breeze there was. Riders could only make their own breeze by moving it along on the enclosed trails. As the day wore on and cloud burned off, the heat of the day became a major factor to be considered in ride strategies.

For the Open and Intermediate riders who, having returned to base rode out on the loop again, there must have been some interesting moments as their horses questioned the sanity of the decision, as only horses can.

Editing of photos is a little behind schedule this time due to work committments, but I'll endeavour to get them posted as quickly as possible.

Sunday, 2 December 2007

Newsletter 103 and Karapoti results published

The latest WATRC newsletter includes details for the upcoming Battle Hill ride to be held on Sunday 9 December. This is the last of our club rides for 2007, but the season continues in January 2008 with the 2 day CTR and Endurance event to be held at Waitarere on the 5th and 6th.

Also included in the newsletter are provisional details of the North Island Endurance and CTR Championships, to be held over the long weekend of 26-28 January at Ngaroma, South Waikato. Ngaroma is situated in the rugged central North Island. If you draw a line from Otorohanga to Mangakino, Ngaroma is about two thirds of the way along it. The shortest route from Wellington is through Mangakino. A map showing routes to the ridebase is available on the ESNZ Endurance Resources Ride Flyers page.

Results from the Karapoti CTR ride held on 25 November have also now been distributed by email and published on the WATRC website.

We are very grateful to the generosity of our sponsors and members who have come forward to ensure that place getters and qualifiers at our events receive ribbons acknowledging their achievements.

Thursday, 29 November 2007

Photos from Karapoti on Flickr now

Photos from the Karapoti ride are on the Flickr website now and can be accessed through the link on the WATRC Photos page.

WATRC RSS Feed links updated to use Atom

The news of the moment is the demise of our previously hand generated XML based RSS Feed, with an auto-majically generated Atom formated RSS Feed that is an RSS copy of our new Blog which replaces the Diary page. I'm hoping that we'll get a twofold benefit. Less updating of static web pages for me - more participation in the content development process by club officers and members.

Most of you would be unaware that the Wellington Community Network, hosters of our website, have recently upgraded their hardware platform, and our website was physically migrated to the new hardware some weeks ago. If you didn't even notice, that means the WCN team did their job exceptionally well and they are to be congratulated.

As I write, Karapoti photos have just finished uploading to the Flickr website. I'll organise them into a set and post a link from the WATRC site as usual.

Sunday, 25 November 2007

Karapoti Rocks

What a day. The cloud and mist burned off early in the morning and the sun came out. Magic!

This was a very different Karapoti ride from last year's. The going was much harder under-hoof as the ground has dried out since the spring rains.

Due to trees down and logging activities, the ride followed a different trail, but the route to the Raupo Saddle and through the gulleys towards Cannon Point would have been familiar ground to many riders.

A higher proportion of the trail this year was through open land, and the heat of the day resulted in generally higher across-the-line heart-rates.

A great day had by all

Our thanks to the land owners and councils that allowed us access.

Saturday, 24 November 2007

Small beginnings

Well, the basic blog is up with a link from the WATRC hompage, and I've started customising the blog template to move it closer to the look and feel of the WATRC site.

As well, I've started to change the WATRC site so that all pages will eventually link to the blog in place of the Diary.

But these things are going to take a little time, and if I'm going to be awake for Karapoti in the morning, I'd best get some sleep now ;-)

"He who does not Blog" explains

OK - this is probably going to seem a little odd for a while as I get to grips with how things work in the blogosphere, but bear with me - it's in a good cause.

The "He who does not Blog" tag refers to the 24 April 2007 post to the WATRC diary page, in which I confess to being a lousy diarist and a never-yet-blogger.

So why this change of heart ?

Well, the thing about blogging is it's a communication revolution that just sort of happened - a quiet revolution changed the world while we slept. While much of the content you can find on the web (and in blogs) is trivial, banal, or downright ugly, the best blogs have become a source of alternative and authoritative news, opinion, and commentary.

And a nice feature of blogs is their mechanism for feedback, debate, participation and sharing of viewpoints, whether within clearly defined communities of interest, or globally.

This blog is very experimental - being a newbie blogger, and a self admitted lousy one at that, this blog is going to need contributors and participants. Like most initiatives it will either be adopted by those who see value in it, or it will wither and disappear (which is fine if it has no value).

If you're invited to contibute, please consider the possibility.
If you'd like to be invited to contibute, drop the webmaster a line.

He who does not Blog bites bullet

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks - sometimes you just have to give things a go