Wentwood 50: Goshawk challenge
This part of the story is told from the Easy Rider perspective. We were riding as a group. Hopefully all the other Bigfooters will contribute with their adventures as well.
The day started out foggy and cold. The venue was not far and so even Dan and I managed to be early, time enough to have some more breakfast and to decide who would ride with whom. It was still foggy when everyone gathered at the start line. The organizer, from the accent I guessed he was American, announced that the trails were dry, only two muddy stretches on the first 25 km. I patted myself on the shoulder for exchanging my mud tyres for fast rolling all rounders. The two short muddy bits should not be a problem. The ride started with a long climb fortunately on road. And that was the last stretch of non-muddy trail for the rest of the ride and the last non-technical bit as well. Technical ascents were followed by technical descents. At one point I asked one of the marshals when the dry trail would start and he only looked at me without saying anything. We had the most ridiculous falls, unfortunately only one was caught on camera. We helped one rider we found at the side of the trail completely exhausted and with cramps by sharing our water with him and giving him sugar tablets. We were complimented on our squeaky toys and I pointed out that only the toughest riders in Bigfoot were allowed to adorn their handlebars with these signs of honour. We had quite a few GOAPs. And the most uplifting encounter was when one of the marshals asked us whether we had a fan club. He saw a few riders in the same jerseys riding past but we must be the main group. When we reached the 25km decision point we decided to call it a day. We all had started out with the aim to complete the 50km course, but when the hours past and we realized that this ride was a different kind of beast than we were used to we told ourselves that we should stop when it is still fun. But most of our fan club completed the 50km and arrived not much later than we did. A great day.
And here are the results,sorted by distance and arrival time: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?pli=1&key=0AnW9JS-n6QjGdEZ1dllnemM0VUdCN0pnaWNoNzNSU0E#gid=0