17.543km with 258m climb in 1:14:01. Middle race after a morning watching elites struggle. Apart from Em how was supreme. Knew it would be tricky plan to be steady but easier said than done.
First 2 same as womens elite although not the ride out. Not much help had to stop a few times to be sure and still a couple of turnarounds. 3 ok 4 missed turn on small track should of gone further on bigger stuff. 5 and 6 good. 7 miss read where heading so went back past 5 again so a big banana. 8, 9, 10, 11 ok.
There was then meant to be a taped route around the arena on a twisty single track but I was not expecting this and did not see the red dashed line on top of the black and gray single track path. I just went straight through the arena main track for 12 and straight on tarmac route for 13. Down here some guy sprints past me and pulls me up telling me the error of my ways. I reversed back to 11 and go through the loop as wanted.
If you realy want me to use this single track put 2 controls on it and I have no choice. If you have a compulsory route put red crosses on the bit you don't want me on. Also mention it in the details like you do for the elites. I was not the only one I past another guy as I went back.
13 14 good now the realy hard bit. Very slow but got 15 ok. Total fail on 16 ended up 180 out and was lucky for fenced building to relocate on. Round big outer path from here. Stuck to this for 17 to. Last tricky one used my 16 experience to go past building again and make it simple. Simple to finish from here.
Come download I am missing 18 which was almost touching 17 and I never saw it on the map at all while riding. Need to learn to count. 8 mins of losses so not good even had I got 18.
Much respect for Em.
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