Tuesday, April 22, 2008

BMC 100...Like a Cat

I had about 9 lives on Sunday at the BMC 100, and I lost the last one with 30km to go. Such was my lack of riding in the lead up I resorted to running in the previous week which resulted in some mystery left foot pain. Luckily the only shoes that didn't cause pain were cycling shoes so when the alarm went at 6am with the mercury at 7Cs I dragged myself out of bed and into the warmth of Jimmy's car. For some reason he didn't want to come out, he was blaming the cold, but I wouldn't want to come out in that either.
Ten minutes to race time I was still in thermals and PJs thanks to a nice queue at the dunnies. Somehow when the gun went off I was ready and had slotted neatly into about the 5th row. With only one bottleneck to speak of we careered through the first 25km of pure bliss, the constant flowing singletrack urging you to push harder and harder. We all knew we should hold back, but the trails didn't allow it.

For the next 45km I spent my 9 lives. Repeatedly blowing up enjoying the endless singletrack before chowing down and coming back to life. Like a kid in a candy store I couldn't resist the temptation and so at 70km I was done. My back was cactus and as I crested the climb to be told I was sitting about 50th overall I spied watermelon at the feed zone and I caved in. I couldn't have thought of anything better at that moment and took a breather, chowing down on what has to be the greatest food on earth washed down with the Gu2O that was on hand. Quite a tasty drop, although it's got nothing on the brilliance of Endura's Banana Optimizer.

The remaining 30km allowed some breaks of flat fire road, but they also threw in most of the climbing, and the roughest singletrack, so I had a lovely period of pretty much hating life. Things smoothed out in the last 5km to finish on more wickedly fun singletrack though so I crossed the line quite content. GPS data here and results are up, telling me that I finished 35th overall, which happened to be a 2nd place category finish, so I scored some schwag courtesy of DirtWorks for my trouble.
Race central had an awesome setting, with a very relaxed afternoon spent in the sun thanks to the silly early start time. Hats of to Muzza, the man seems to be finding some awesome form after winning the Gut Full Marathon a few weeks back, he took line honours today after a solid 5th place finish on the skinny wheels up Baw Baw the day before.

Oh yeah, new kit this week...
helmet

lights

Yet to try either out in their true form, but the helmet is head nirvana after the initial fitting, and the lights weigh nothing and are extra useful thanks to the recently released headband.

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