Once again the crows gave their wakening call and to my
delight the rain had stopped, although the ground around the tent was somewhat
wetter than it was when I got in my tent7 or 8 hours ago.
There was no long wait this morning as the first bike was
off the start line at 8:00am and my start time was just 30 minutes later. Once
again it was a very short ride to the first skills area with just a few changes
from the previous days setup. I got a nice clear round and was off on my way
for the ten hour plus ride of the 470km route that laid ahead of me, but I was feeling
good with the thought of yesterday’s results and rode on with a smile on my
It was less than two hours before we got to ride in the
first forest stage and it was not long before I came across a collection of
bikes that had stopped to debate whether they go down the steep slippery mud
hill, or pay the price of the longer distance continuing on the forest track.
The marshal at the top of the stage said with my more …