And here I was thinking that I needed to wait a few more years before getting back into MTBO so I could move up (down?) to W50. Maybe I'll aim for W60, lol.
Yes there were a few issues. The master clock (used to set the control times) was 12 hours out (or so l was told).
Feel for the Organisers - but hey it's tough for us spectators too you know! We want our/your results to analyse and discuss!!!
But I have admiration for you - I have never been and will never go on an MTB.
I've only been MTBOing once: http://attackpoint.org/viewlog.jsp/user_4922/perio...
and I am in awe of anybody who dares ride down steep hills
Also, at least you didn't fall through a bridge, unlike Kay!
Oh yes, l came to that home made bridge and wondered who fell thought it. I saw her limping afterwards and wondered why.
But it was all worth it. She won W50, unlike me who came last.
jennycas - loved your 2012 report. I actually like riding in wooded areas and did some in Europe but terrain must be flat (ie surface not incline).
My first ever vision of MTBO was a quite superior rider mounting his bike progressing all of 2m, encountering a lateral tree root ( perhaps 5cm vertical) and being thrown off, falling heavily and then going off to first aid emerging with arm in sling. Obviously he didn't have any speed which was the problem - but he was an age 'elite'.
My chain broke half way to the first control at my first State MTBO event. I took the bike home and threw it in the recycling. Never regretted that decision.
I think I haven't got the resilience to have equipment failures as well as human and physical failures.
I can't blame the bike. Operator error.