The start was a bit different from other years (in a good way) there was a quick brefing, and we was instructed to follow Jason from the event village down the hill where it was hoped when the race starts the would spead the group out up the fire road ready for the single track sections, it seemed to work very well. Half way round the first lap I dropped my water bottle and as soon at it hit the floor the top smashed in to peases and spilt my torq drink every were leaving me with no drink for the rest of the race, luckly i had 1 torq gel in my pocket :) The course was frozen for a change, in past years it been a total bog. As you can see from my garmin connect the temperature was a constant 0 degrees. Even so with the ground mostly frozen and icey in places I didn't fall off :)
The race had some quite big names entering this year, including the TT rider Guy Martin riding for Hope seems like a very nice guy.
It was the first race of the year and the first race on my ScandAL 29er or on any 29er for that matter, not surprisingly it worked well, and very happy with it. can't wait for a TI 29er...
The race finishes just after 1200 and about 30mins after the snow started, I headed down to the car and it soon become appart that no one was going anywhere, a couple of cars was stuck on the only road in or out of the carpark, after several hours of pushing cars out the grittier arrived to salt the carpark entry road. Whoo we was mostly out, then there was the jurney home not to sure why, weather it was the tempriture or snow splashing up under the engine bay, but the warning light come on the dash, and it limited the amount the car would rev to 2000, and for some reason the police had closed the Grain Rd so with very limited engine I plodded home for a well deserved bath.
Well I completed 5 laps and came home in 58th place, at this point in time I am happy due to the fact that it's a short race and a laps race but it's inspired me to train harder and smarter. Happy days.