Mountain Biking race (Pickering Brook) 2:30:42  30.07 km (12.0 kph) +463m
ahr:146 max:167 shoes: Giro Privateer
Went into this one expecting to get wet and muddy and it didn't disappoint.
Made my one and only major mistake of the day straight out of the box - I wasn't orientated at all when I got the map and completely just followed the track - I knew it was wrong there wasn't enough climb... got to t-junction and knew straight away, started riding back and there was Dave doing the same thing! HA. And the whole time I was thinking I should have just gone back to the main drag like I had thought originally - Still took the hard option over the hill and let Dave burn off in front of me there. - I had run higher tyre pressure today hoping for a bit more speed, but just found (and found this on first downhill) that it was just moving around too much on the pea gravel and made it harder with more breaking... oh well!
Eventually got to 1 and then went over the hill to 2, up the middle to 3 where I spotted Dave coming out of 3 out to the east road and around to 4 (trying to minimise climb). And saw ori at the turnoff to 4 - nice and easy back to 5 - out to the eastern track for 6, 7 past the southern section of the plantations... I managed to go for a swim here - side of a puddle gave way into a much bigger hole.. oh well. 7 nice and easy after that.
Down the middle to 8 and saw Ori again coming down from 8. straight back to 9. incidentally by now it was lashing with rain, a lot of tracks had become watercourses. and I felt I was combining scuba diving and mountain biking. My lower back was also killing me.
Long hard slog to 10 and that leg almost broke me. Caught Ori coming out of 10 - he had got lost and doubled back and we rode to the junction NE of 13 and turned towards 11. his speed then took him away from me rapidly on the up hill. Did a small hike a bike 100m before #11 because back was really giving me grief now after 25m told myself to HTFU and got back on bike,
Down to main drag and past the carrot. and flushly down to 12 - almost made a mistake but got it clean in the end. Along to 13. I was then planning on taking the green route east to 14 but for the life of me couldn't find it - I think I stopped at it but it was that green I didn't think it was a track, so instead north and around which took a bit of time but was ok.
14 to 15 passed Ori going to 14 Woot and WTF. Going to try keep this lead - got out my snorkel getting to 15 but managed to stay on my bike and on the exit of 15 Ori passed, having closed the gap a bit. I worked hard all the way to the finish to hold him off which I managed. But he already had a time advantage on me starting after me so got me by 9 mins or so.
Was awesome out there - but everything is covered in thick thick mud now - and control collecting point 11 wasn't much fun in that rain - I did however managed to drive all the way too it and do a 3 point turn on that tiny ass track.
Heating to the max all the way home. Back still giving me some grief now, and killer headache meh! All in all a pretty good event.
Edit - turned elevation adjustments on and came in with a much more sensible number.