After just about succumbing to spontaneous combustion in several previous Summer races, I wasnt going to make that mistake again and went fully prepared with 12 bottles, some ice and towels that could be soaked and wrapped around the shoulders. I was determined to drink atleast a litre an hour, and although I could have positioned my little pit area better, it didnt seem to hold me up too much having to stop every couple of laps for more fluids. Temperatures peaked at just over 30 deg today, so it didnt get too bad, but I did end up drinking 5 litres over 4 hours....
|Phil Welch setting up for the race. Hydration would be critical today. Photo Crummy MTB|
|Photo thanks to Michael Crummy|
Pretty soon I spied another solo rider up ahead and he looked like he was hurting. With three laps to go I figured I would just mark him and if the pace started to fall away I could put some pressure on him. The very next lap we both stopped for a fresh bottle, but I left the pits quicker and never saw him again.
Thanks to BikeMinded for their generous sponsorship today. In a nice touch, all place getters from all categories got the same prize which was a neat little package of bottle, bottle cage and multitool. I was just happy to come away with a great ride under my belt and a few bragging rights
|Photo Crummy MTB|