Last weekend Holly and I drove down to Canberra for the Scott 24 Hour mountain bike
race. It's been described as the Glastonbury of mountain biking, and
it's pretty amazing. Hundreds of riders all on the same course, with
a real party atmosphere. Though it was quite funny sitting around
shooting the shit on Friday night and nobody's drinking!
Our team did an amazing job, with someone constantly out on the
trail for the whole 24 hours. I only managed two laps, with very slow
times, as I just wasn't fit enough, and the climbing was a lot more
intense than I expected. I know the scale of the challenge for next
We were fortunate enough to have a great support crew. Holly, Kaz
and Majella ensured we were watered, fed, motivated and running
smoothly for the whole 24 hour period. An amazing effort and some
great food. Kaz's meat and bean chilli jaffles were a real highlight
-- perfect race food.
setup was always a bit of a worry. Our team only really had two
lighting sets, so my one was pretty important. As it turned out, the
torch worked brilliantly and between it and the headlamp, provided
ample light. Graeme chipped in one of his Luxeon lamps as well, which
provided a bit of a broad wash to complement the focussed spots.
I really enjoyed the night riding, so I think I might use the
lights a bit more now with some night rides around the place.
A thoroughly good time had by all. We're all pretty keen to do it
all again next year -- especially Majella who injured herself out of
the race only a couple of weeks before.