Uni

Val Thorens and Engelberg

Although my plan was a daily blog while away that didn’t really happen last week, VT with Leeds Snowriders was a bit much to say the least!! I am now sat in a fairly busy Manchester Airport departure lounge on the way to Engelberg with my family so will hopefully be more capable at blogging this week.

Annoyingly I didn’t take many pictures at all while in VT, another reason no post were written, but it was awesome to say the least! 36km average skiing per day and that includes one day with 3.6km skied and one day I didn’t ski at all so I definitely got a good amount done and covered most of the three valleys. Top speed was 117km/h which isn’t my greatest but quite good considering I smashed my head at Christmas skiing.

Had some fun filming with Ross from Entirety Labs so I am looking forward to seeing what comes from that, here is a short video he did while out in VT with us.

And that is about it, now I just have to sit here and wait for my plane and eventually skiing tomorrow in Engelberg. Looking forward to seeing Sophie again, haven’t seen her for over six months and not skied with her since this time last year so it will be nice to catch up.

/IAN

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Busy but not busy

I know my blog has been lacking lately, the last post was on the 04/01/2016 so over 2 months ago now and I would like to say a lot has happened since then but, as the title suggests, not much really has…I have just had a huge amount of uni work and deadlines, a few things have happened with Snowriders, more on that later, and that is about it, oh and it snowed in Leeds twice. My project (a few parts shown below) is now getting somewhere and I am getting on top of my deadlines so I thought I would do a blog post.

So first of an update about my car situation, as I think I have mentioned previously, my brother is now 17 and learning to drive therefore in a few weeks the Audi is going home for him to practice in meaning I will be left car less although hopefully not for too long (scheming to get something for my 21st in June).

Secondly my bike situation; as you may have seen, over Christmas I managed to hit my head pretty hard smash my helmet while skiing. Due to this I decided it would be sensible to start wearing a helmet while cycling too, something I hadn’t done for a good few years, so I bought myself a POC Crane Pure helmet. While I was getting that I also decided to get some new cycling shoes as I had changed my pedals over from flats with straps to cleats and my road shoes were not exactly the best for walking around uni. Therefore, I decided to get some Specialized 2FO shoes which I am now wearing on a daily basis! I have also applied for a job as a Deliveroo Courier and had fun cycling around in circles up and down the new car park by the gym at uni.

Helmet:

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Shoes:

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Uni Car Park:

Finally, Snowriders. Well the Val Thorens Easter Trip went live at the start of the term and I got a place so from next Friday (18/03/2016) expect a daily past as I have done previously and then the following week I am in Engelberg so more posts and more skiing. This term there have been a few Snowriders events, the largest being our own festival (First Tracks) which we hosted at Beaver Works in Leeds and was an awesome afternoon with a Jib followed by night of fun. We have also had BUiSC finals, a round of Kings and a few trips to Top Gun.

Conditions in Engelberg today:

I have also seen a few films (Deadpool, Grimsby and Triple 9 to name a few) and I think that covers everything really, back up to speed and hopefully I will be back to more regular posting soon.

/IAN

 

New Skis Update

They have been drilled!

Well, they were drilled last week but I have been so busy with Uni work that I haven’t had a chance to write this up.

So last weekend I went on a little road trip down to Hertford Heath for Georgia’s 21st (one of my flats mates from first year) and decided that the best thing to do was a little detour to the Piste Office and get my new skis drilled. So they are now all ready for my Christmas trip!

On the topsheet of both skis was, what I believed to be, an indented serial number/build number but I am not really sure:

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It says:

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From it I am pretty sure it means:

Length (190), Type (Wailer 112), Edition (POW) and I think the last bit (014) is build number but I honestly don’t have a clue.

We also had a tiny bit of snow in Leeds the other week (21st November) but it didn’t stick around very long sadly.

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/IAN

BUDS

BUDS, I can’t really think of a single word to describe it that does it justice; it is so fun, mental and generally ludicrous!

It’s just BUDS

I am only writing this now as I have pretty much recovered and considering I don’t drink and it has taken me this long I dread to think how the others feel. I also missed the whole of Friday pretty much sadly as I had a lecture but had fun driving up with Tom and Pete and after that it was just non-stop partying until everyone left on Sunday morning and I headed over to my aunts. Had a really nice morning catching up with my aunt, uncle and cousins before heading back to Leeds at midday. I ended up only getting an hour outside Edinburgh before I had to pull over and sleep because I just felt so tired, ended up sleeping for an hour before getting back on the road and getting home.

Here are a few videos of the weekend:

Leeds Snowriders:

Entirety Labs:

And a few pictures:

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And our Social Sec got a little drunk…

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In other news I have got a new bike wheel just as a bit of fun:

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This is because I put a hole in my old ones:

Which were bought because I had put a hole in the exact some place in a previous pair…

/IAN

Halleycat IV

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100+ cyclists, 60+ competitors and compulsory skull face paint; what’s not to like…

This year was the fourth year that the Halleycat has been run but, annoyingly, only the first time I have participated having been in Leeds for the past three years! I think that’s mainly down to the fact that I haven’t been cycling much at all at uni until this year. I am so annoyed that I have not done it before and will definitely be back next year. I had an absolute blast going around town in the huge group between each of the events (track stands, sprints, skids and a circuit race) before heading to Aurelius for the after party. I got knocked out in the second round of sprints after an awful start and did pretty well in the circuit race, didn’t last long at all in the track stands and can’t skid so gave that a miss, but I will be back next year aiming for bigger and better and hopefully number 20 again. Conclusion from the night:


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Next weekend is BUDS which means a few things:

  1. Road Trip (first of two this month) – As I have an important lecture on Friday about a project for one of my modules I can’t get the bus at 1am so am driving up with a full car of people in similar situation so that will no doubt be entertaining.
  2. Stickers – Seeing as I am driving my car to a Snowriders event I thought I would throw the LS sticker on and while I was at it the other few I have had waiting. Put all the ski related ones on the right of the rear window lined up with the edge of the glass and the MCM one on the left lined up with the bottom of the glass hence the slight changes in alignment.
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  3. Mayhem – BUDS is always mad and I couldn’t go last year (I did go in my first year) so am really looking forward to it again.

Tonight is the second social of the year too, the ‘Unfair Funfair’ which has apparently got a huge plot twist in it which should be interesting along with the fact that I am still not drinking…

And finally, videos. I have done a lot of videos this term so far with Snowriders so thought I would post the two playlists I have on YouTube for anyone to watch if they want:

/IAN

New Skis!!

I originally wrote this post back in July (first started 28th July) after ordering everything but decided to wait until it all arrived and today it did! so without wasting anymore time:

I bought some POW Special Edition DPS Wailer 112RP2s

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So back in July I decided to spend the money I earned doing my summer project on a set of the POW Special Edition DPS Wailer 112RP2s, 190cm length, and they have finally arrived! Also order a bunch of other bits and pieces that you might have seen on my Instagram earlier (t-shirts, cap, stickers, poster etc.) as it seemed sensible to do it in one big order and also benefit from the free European shipping during Dreamtime. I need to give a big shout-out so Andrew Leary at DPS and all the DPS ‘Custom Ski Fitting’ guys; Andrew talked me through which ski to go with to best compliment my Head Oblivion’s and sorted out my whole order, some amazing customer service! So here are some of the official pictures of them:

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Specs:

  • 141/112/128
  • Pure3 Construction
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Also need to say a big thank you to Erme Catino at DPS for sending me a few high-res pictures of the manufacturing processes for DPS Skis:

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Dreamtime Videos:

And all the other bits and pieces I ordered (there is quite a bit…):

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So as I mentioned at the start they finally arrived today and being the sensible person I am I had arranged for them to be sent to work (Liverpool) not Uni as someone is always available to sign for them, but that meant I would have had to wait until I either went home or get them sent to me and possibly miss the delivery so when I heard my lecture this afternoon was cancelled I jumped in my car at 2 and drove straight over! Super easy drive there and I finally got to unwrap them after a 3-month wait:

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After that I headed home for food before driving back to Leeds and avoiding the many accidents along the way: one over turned tanker, one vehicle fire and a crash involving a lorry and a van towing a trailer; but thankfully it only added an extra 15 minutes or so to the normal journey time. Once back I started attacking everything with the masses of stickers I had been sent:

So many stickers:

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Helmet:

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Bike:

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I also have one on my laptop and these 4 that I will probably put on my car before heading up to Edinburgh at the start of next month for BUDS (British University Dryslope Championships):

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And that I think is it, the big bit of news I have been sat on for quite some time although a lot of you who know me well will have probably heard me going on about this for ages and I did edit my ‘Ski Gear‘ a while ago once I had ordered them during Dreamtime and had the order confirmed which some of you may have noticed.

All I need to do now before I can use them is head down to Nottingham to see Jon and get them drilled which I will hopefully do on the 21st November ready for Christmas skiing!

/IAN

Back at Uni

I know I haven’t posted in quite a while, since arriving back to Uni in fact, and considering I am now about to go into my 3rd week already I thought I would do a quick update on what has happened.

It is surprisingly easy to say what has happened since getting back to Uni because I have really done that much; I have spent way too much money with Snowriders already and that is pretty much it! From excessive drinking at the Packhorse Social in freshers week (what do you expect) to spontaneous socials on both Tuesday (HiFi) and Thursday (Warehouse) this week I haven’t had a chance to stop; not helped by going to see both The Martian and The Intern on Thursday before the Freestyle session. I am also yet to miss a session, be it Freestyle of Race, so we will have to see how long that lasts.

Get Baked before Warehouse of Thursday:

All I can say is I definitely think it is all well spent! I threw a few edits together from the first two freestyle sessions of the year yesterday:

I have also had a few house parties in between and I am currently not drinking at all which makes nights out a lot cheaper! Doing an Otley Run sober followed by Fruity yesterday was quite entertaining to say the least…

And to round out a little bit about actual Uni work; I had the Internship showcase on Wednesday which was the first time I have ever seen the drums work:

I also now know what my Individual Project is for this year, I got my 5th choice and will be looking at the ‘properties of 3D printed objects’. And that’s about it, I have some big new coming out shortly (hopefully) so keep your eyes out for that.

/IAN

Winter Hype

Having now pretty much moved back to Uni for the coming term (home tonight for my last night until Christmas) I have just been watching and waiting for more ski videos to be released! Here are a few of my favourite trailers/short videos:

Nimbus Independent – After The Sky Falls:

DPS The Shadow Campaign Volume II – The Weight of Winter:

The SLVSH Cup Perisher Final

And finally the Snowriders Intro video for this year:

As I have said previously I have been cycling more so decided to get myself a new jersey when the opportunity arose, here is the initial render by one of the Leeds Fixed guys (Alex Dyson):

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And that is about it, only a quick update as I haven’t posted in a while, have a full house now so have been busy sorting that out and general bits and pieces ready for term to start.

/IAN

Bike Upgrades

As I am now cycling pretty much every day at Uni I decided to invest in my bike a little more having already spent some money at Urban Experiments as mentioned in a previous post.

Firstly I bought some new grips (Genetic Vein Grips, 170mm in white) to replace the bar tape that was getting worn and discoloured which hopefully won’t happen to the plastic grips, I also bought some new bar ends (Cinelli Milano in red) as well as a Specialized inner tube and pump along with a Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Mini Lock to replace my current Kryptonite Series 2 Lock which means a nice jump in security from a Bronze rating to a Gold rating. There was a slight problem with the shipping of my order so the pump and bar ends never made it but should be being resent and arriving soon.

Grips and Bar Ends:

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Inner Tube and Pump:

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Old and New Locks:

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After that I brought my bike home from Leeds to put the new stuff on and have it serviced at The Bike Factory. I then decided to go a little mad and buy even more! So I have decided to replace my handlebars altogether having just got blisters from putting the new grips on; I have gone for some risers, a new set of bullhorns AND some drops (don’t ask me why I need so many, I don’t really know…). I then bought new grips (this time some Keirin Grips, pretty much identical to the Genetic Vein Grips but cheaper) and more Cinelli Milano bar ends. The bars I chose were all Cinelli:

Pepper:

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Lola:

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Pista:

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All of which will be in matte black with white grips and red bar ends:

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This does means I need to sell my old bullhorns, spare bar tape and bar ends; so if anyone is interested drop me a message!

I do have a few other things on my list of parts I want to buy but don’t want to spend any more at the moment, I have bought one other item that I am going to keep a secret too. Other things on my list are some deep-v wheels, a cap, a messenger bag and some shoes that I could wear all day rather than the road shoes I currently have (hence why I am not using cleats at the moment); along with possibly a new saddle too but I haven’t decided on that yet.

/IAN

OverStoke Festival

Presented by Black Label Project & Snowhoes

Last weekend I decided to take a trip over to Stoke-on-Trent and go to the OverStoke Festival as the rest of my family have gone off to Norway for the week!

It was awesome to say the least, I wasn’t skiing so just chilled with a few of the other Snowriders who had come over and had a laugh. The day started with some amazing weather for anywhere except a dry slope as it was so warm everyone was just complaining!

But of course being the UK the weather turned on us and started pouring down along with some thunder and lightning to round out the jam sessions. After the jams there was an awards ceremony and raffle before the music started and continued until the small hours of the morning before we all crashed in our cars and tents. I must say it would have been so odd to arrive there on Sunday morning to go skiing and see all these people looking rather worse for wear getting out their cars and tents…

Only a few Snowriders actually rode and of them Myles was absolutely killing it! If any of you follow me on Instagram you will probably have already seen these videos. Myles had decided he no longer wanted to be known as ‘one-trick’ (he only ever did backflips before) so decide to try cork 3’s:

After this however he kept on over rotating so gave up on 3’s and jut went for 7’s instead!

I am still confused as to why the blurry phone video of a cork 3 has more likes than the GoPro video of a cork 7…

All in all it was a very entertaining day, here are a few other shots:

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This is the only photo I have from after skiing as I can’t upload the videos of Rowan dancing easily.

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You can also check out #getoverstoked for even more photos of the event:

In other news I have now rented all the rooms in my house!

/IAN