Bendig O 2day Hagaby - 2nd (+0:03)
Great start, managed to face plant through the first erosion (no envy from the boys here...) Then felt rough on the 1st climb, only with Simon as the other boys had the shorter forking. Pushed well with Simon to be on the tail end of the others heading into the granite butterfly. Aston had the same first loop as me so I was using him a bit too much and drifted to the left of the control. I realised and corrected but Aston didn't. Did the rest of that loop by myself and then the start of the next. Was coming up behind Pat at the end of the second and then went out on the 3rd just behind Simon now (he had done the first 2 in a different order). Came back to the pivot for the last time in 5th (Nathan, Joe, Simon, Pat) and new if I could catch them by the start of the second major loop I would be in with a shot. Pushed hard and got on the back and then we all came through the end of the loop together. Simon and I now had the short forking so new we could make a gap on the others. Pushed up the climb and got to the common control in 1st, just in front of Simon. But as we were leaving saw Pat coming in fast down the hill. New I had to gas it from here so pushed hard, but was making little errors that Simon was correcting to hang on and Pat was catching. Made a gap on Simon on climb up to 25 but Pat was still there. Thought I could get away on the downhill to 27 but the control was a little tricky so didn't get away. And then I finally lost my control a little and Pat snuck through to 28 in front as I was too far left. Frustrated but hung on behind Pat to finish in 2nd, still ahead of the rest which was good.