|mist on the waters and Ben Lomond on the horizon|
a magnificent week-end in the Blessington Valley
our race was based at Elverton Pastoral
with views across the rich farmlands to Ben Lomond
at 11am Saturday morning it was two degrees
frost still lay in the shadows
the sunshine quickly burnt the Autumn chill away
and 140 mountain bikers took on the new race course
|first event at this new venue|
Tim Dyke was the race director and did a magnificent job
with the help of the Launceston Mountain Bike Club
everything was as it should be
with the added bonus
of Tim's folks (who own Rocky Gardens) catering the meals
fresh lamb spit roast, venison burgers, berry bread and butter pudding
lashings of wonderful condiments and fresh fruit
made you sort of forget you were racing !
but don't worry after an eight year absence from the mountain bike racing scene
i can tell you i have very much remembered what racing is about !
i mean ow !
who's idea was this ?
i think i need to train more !
just the same
our fallback plan of having two very lean and fit male cyclists
to support our post baby female contingent
we managed to pull off third place
don't ask me how many teams in our category
i didn't even look at any lap times
|through the night|
being a 12 hour event the race continued into the night
small beach fires by the lake
the smell of our roast dinner cooking
a wonderful sense of camaraderie was in place
(despite the cyclists trying to thrash each other on course!)
the morning rose fine and warm
the lake again misted with a mountain backdrop
makes it all seem worth training for
maybe tomorrow I'll be able to walk again !
|what a morning !|
thanks to all the sponsors
Elverton Pastoral (as always the generous Ian & Rosemary Dickenson!)