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Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:46 pm
by landscapecadmonkey
diggerdantheman wrote:tell us what you really think :D
blood is never good though.

You know me Dan... hard to rile, but I should point out that each blood drawing hit was the birds first swoop. I heard no clacking, flapping or any warning .. just a thump to the side of the head, followed by the flow of claret / i thought someone had thrown a rock at me. Still sore over a week later.

Have been buzzed, clacked, swooped, chased and generally harrassed by many a magpie over the years, mostly good fun, but this bird has me spooked. I avoid that stretch completely now. Id rather face a studio full of angry, but alleged, future designers :D

Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:02 pm
by coffeeandwine
Repeated Saturdays ride on Sunday (same wind direction but stronger!).

First Magpie asleep on the job :D

Second Magpie up to the task. This time we had reversed the order on the road and Mrs C+W was leading (thinking the maggie was going for the rear most helmet) but said Magpie was much smarter. Two swoops directed at both of us (will split points) then Mrs C+W attracted an additional 3 swoops (would have been more but for covering traffic). then she got another swoop further up the road all to herself.

Mrs C+W: +5 points = 11 total

Me: +1 point = 2 points total

I think i will take her on all my rides over next few weeks. :D :wink:

Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:08 pm
by open roader
coffeeandwine wrote:I think i will take her on all my rides over next few weeks. :D :wink:


:lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:33 pm
by open roader
5 swoops, head ducking efforts but no more venom than that today........

Duck and weave total = 47 points

Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:14 am
by grt046
4 hits to helmet but not viscious. Half way up Mango Hill (Anzac Ave)

Total 12 points

Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:17 pm
by Marto
Two belly flops into my helmet (in quick succession) yesterday morning from my friend at the Oxley Golf driving range = 2 points.

Two "noisy wing beat and clack" combos from another in Inala this morning. = 1 point.

These were doubles, but close together, so counting as one episode.

They try so hard, but I dont get scared of them at all. I did wave my hand around above my helmet at my belly flopping friend this morning :oops:

Grand total 11 points.

Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 8:42 pm
by Mustang
I got hit so hard recently I couln't touch my ear for 3 x days, f*ck knows how it affected the magpie!!!!!!

Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:25 am
by Dan
Another attack by a myna - clipped my knee then swung off through the top triangle - Cirque de Soleil indeed. 2 points, and a distinguished service medal for the now (I'm told) deceased myna.

Previous Total: 3

New Total: 5 points

Purple Hearts awarded: 1

Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 5:02 pm
by Semar
During 98 km today I was swooped a total of 14 times; though 11 of those was by one pair. They were also the helmet whackers. (x2)

New total: 20 Points

I was stared at most evilly by a pair of crows. Don't suppose there are points in that. :roll:

Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:26 pm
by open roader
I see ravens making very slow / awkward swoops on me but compared to the jet fighter maggies, the ravens are like B52 bombers.......

36km today no less than 9 swoops from 5 different magpies and a few more paltry attempts which are not score worthy........

Running total is now 56 points.

Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:00 pm
by coffeeandwine
coffeeandwine wrote:... then Mrs C+W attracted an additional 3 swoops (would have been more but for covering traffic). then she got another swoop further up the road all to herself.

Mrs C+W: +5 points = 11 total

Me: +1 point = 2 points total

I think i will take her on all my rides over next few weeks. :D :wink:

Out for 50km with Mrs C+W as the decoy, then an extra 50km solo. All went according to plan at the start; first 2km and our magpie on the Midland Hwy had 2 goes at Mrs C+W and left me alone. (This fellow at least lets you know he is coming, he prefers a frontal assault rather than from behind).

A few more attacks during the first 50km saw us tied on 7 points each.

For my last 50km, all was quiet until about 15km from home in fading light, I had one magpie swoop me 11 times!!!! I figured it is a quiet stretch of road and he must have had a quiet day, or he was out to impress or something. I knew he was there from last year when he got quite aggressive (road between Mt Egerton and Yendon near Spread-Eagle Rd if anyone wants to know).

Mrs C+W: +7 points = 18 total
Me: +18 points = 20 total

I'll have to see if Mrs C+W wants to go a bit further next week :D

Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:41 pm
by open roader
Gluttony........ 14 swoops today........ :roll:

13 close-ish calls and one hum dinger right between the shoulder blades from the usual source......... :twisted:


Running total 71 points............ where will it end..........

Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:28 am
by Marto
Got a belly-flop into my helmet this morning from a magpie in Inala. This is the first from him, after several weeks of doing contact-free swoops and clacks. 2 points.

Running total = 13 points.

Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:26 pm
by hosko
Well I opened my account for 2012 with the GC100 last Sunday.

Didn't the little b@stard know I was on a Charity ride!!

Saw him on the wire above me, take a crap and then it was on. He had just had 3 or 4 goes at the two riders ahead of me, only to go back up to the power lines, and line me up.

I even looked at him and yelled as he came in at me, which usually sends em packing... not this one!

2 Swoops and 4 actual hits to the helmet!

Points = 10

Was annoyed me is he even knew what to aim for.

1. Slightly tubby man in lycra on a bike - check
2. All alone - check
3. Going up hill in a small gear with bugger all chance of powering away and escaping - big check!

Aggghh!!! I hate Magpies!

Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:27 pm
by hosko
open roader wrote:Gluttony........ 14 swoops today........ :roll:

13 close-ish calls and one hum dinger right between the shoulder blades from the usual source......... :twisted:


Running total 71 points............ where will it end..........


What do you ride through normally??? An Avery?

Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:14 pm
by open roader
hosko wrote:What do you ride through normally??? An Avery?


Some days it could be described as a free range aviary........ rural roads only, all lightly wooded and some farms have woodlots / plantations. All these roads have powerlines alongside so there is plenty of vantage / takeoff / landing spots for these feathered feinds.........

The last ride with 14 swoops counted was only a 36km affair too..........

Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:59 am
by jasonc
have been lazy. actually had a strike this morning (have previosly had 2 swoops, but can't remember the dates, so they don't count)

roma st parklands this morning. magpie hit my helmet

total: 2 points.

Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:09 am
by Dan
Double attack by Mynas out of the bushes yesterday - along Roma St Bikeway link. No contact.

Previous total: 5 points

New total: 7 points

Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:36 am
by jasonc
diggerdantheman wrote:Double attack by Mynas out of the bushes yesterday - along Roma St Bikeway link. No contact.

Previous total: 5 points

New total: 7 points


so ours happened our the same point?

Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:42 pm
by open roader
Cranked out my maiden century ride today!! Pleased to say I counted only 5 very lazy swoops which count for points and maybe a dozen even more half hearted efforts which I barely noticed :D

Running total 76 points

Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 5:32 am
by Dan
jasonc wrote:so ours happened our the same point?


On the ramp/platform from Normanby to parklands? Correct.

Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:00 am
by coffeeandwine
Went for a ride with james184 on Friday around Ballarat. 76 km in total and climbed Mt Buninyong to the top and Mt Egerton. 3 points each in Moving Target Award.

My total 20+3= 23 points total.

Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 5:19 pm
by Semar
118 km in the Shepparton Fruit Loop and NOT ONE LOUSY POINT.

Still on 20 points. :(

Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:00 pm
by Dan
4 attempt combo from a persistent myna along the vic park bikeway this morning - 1 swoop then 3 separate contacts into the helmet. 7 points.

Previous total - 7 points.
New total - 14 points.

Re: Competition :- 2012 Moving Target Championship

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:30 pm
by Ozkaban
Late starter to this. Thought I had scraped through with nothing!

Magpie at Granville near Parra Rd (7-eleven servo??)

4 swoops, 2 with contact to helmet. The 3rd and 4th swoops would have been contact too if I hadn't been watching him. Cranky one, that one :roll:

I take it that's 6 points?

Cheers,
Dave