Well done, tRicky.
You achieve this sort of amazing effort and result so often, it's almost got to the point of slipping under the radar, but I work with a fellow who trained lots for the 5 dams and was placed a LONG way behind you, so I have an slim idea of how big an effort it was and I am well and truly impressed with your result.
Yup. Nice one tRicky! Seems like a training plan actually might work... I can't imagine riding a bike that far.
I'm guessing it was only determination that got me through this year although maybe all the shorter bike stuff helped too. Mark trained heaps more than me for endurance and hill rides and seemed stronger up until we got back on the flat although thankfully I never actually fell off the back but neither of us could keep up with the faster group we were with when they were pushing the high 30s. I'm also guessing trying to keep up that pace for such a long time is what eventually killed us for the final freeway section. Trying to maintain just 30kph was a real struggle when mid-30s should have been a possibility.
Anyway now that's over I can concentrate on the bigger goal of MTBO Worlds (well once the ultra-long is out of the way anyway).
I also noticed Todd Rintoul, one of our recent orienteering converts, was only a minute back from me but he has a split time at Wungong. I'll have to ask him about that. It looks as though the timing mats appeared at Wungong and Serpentine about 10-15 minutes after we departed each of them.
Well done - impressive effort.