Sunday, June 21, 2009

Nissan Tygervalley MTB Event

The event was very well run and very well attended. The weather was perfect, and although there was a slightly delayed start, due to to late entrants, the race kicked off without a hassle. The course was a 60km mix of dirt roads, cool singletrack through forests and farms, some bumpy rutted uphill sections and some fast flowing downhill sections. There were sufficient water points that looked well run, although I didn't stop at any. I rode with 2 bottles, a powerbar and a GU, which was plenty. My bike went like a dream although the EPIC light lube that I was using doesn't go the distance and I could have done with a re-lube at about 45km, I pushed on till the end with a few creaks and groans. My new full finger gloves worked like a dream and definitely give you a better sense of grip and protection. regarding that, its simple, I'll never use open finger gloves in a MTb race again...nuff said!

The only dissapointment regarding this race is the results. A large number of entrants got a DNF, even though they finished fine. The timing was done by spectrum Sport, which uses RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. Scanners are then placed overhead or on the sides of the finish line or held by individuals depending on where the tags are positioned on the athlete/bike. In our case the tags are stickers which are attached to the race number boards. I don't know why so many entrants got a DNF, perhaps some of those number boards are a bit tired!

Despite that, if I look at some results of friends that were before and after me, I can guess that my time was about 2:40 which would put me about 28th of about 100 Vets (age 40 -49) with an average speed of 22.38km/h. The winning time was 1:55 with an average speed of 31.27. The results were:

PhilipBuys Senior
Ben Melt Swanepoel
Francois Theron
How the Hell do they do that?

Hopefully SS timing will sort out the mistakes. Overall a good indication of my fitness. The course was not too hilly so the race in Knysna in 2 weeks time is going to be a differnt kettle of fish completely.

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