Mountain biking race (HSBC National Round 1) 1:28:10  28.63 km (19.5 kph) +337m
shoes: Cannondale Scalpel
First race at this level before, so was gridded 50th so quite a few rows back (6 to a row). Frenetic start led to a grinding halt after a minute as there was a 1-rider gap very early on. Spent pretty much the entire first couple of laps stuck in traffic, then putting big effort on the few fire roads to get past as many people as possible. Jess counted me through 33rd at end of 1st lap, 19th by end of 2nd. Field had spread out by start of 3rd lap and was able to go at my own speed. Up to 14th by end of 3rd lap, 11th by end of 4th, and still riding well at the end moved up to 7th by the finish. Really pleased with my ride, finished only a minute behind the winner, 30secs behind 2nd, 5 secs behind 5th. Lost a good chunk of time at the hold up at the start, so reckon I was lapping about the same time as the leaders, but forgot GPS, and timing chip, so no times.