Sunday, July 12, 2015

2015 Jacks Ridge XXX

In the past I have competed in this race in ridiculously muddy conditions. So bad in fact that my derailer became jammed and ripped off. Looking at the forecast in the lead up week I was contemplating finding a single speed! I was looking at driving up in the morning before the race however, with a 9am start leaving at 4.30am I had an easy 4hrs to ride the 110km to the race. I haven't completed a warmup so thorough and I was quite interested to see how I would go in the race. With a few elite riders on the line and with the kms in my legs I knew the race would hurt.

I let Andrew Lloyd set the pace from the start and my legs felt pretty good. By the 3rd or 4th lap out of 8 I could tell the pace had dropped off however, I had planned on winding up the intensity for the last 3 laps. On the 4th lap I was starting to get some cramping twinges which I was quite surprised to have. The gastrolyte wasn't doing a thing to help. After a desperate plea my support managed to find some Shotz tabs and my cramps actually went away. It was time to race! I guess I take my nutrition for granted. I have a system that works and I rarely change from it. Basically on any race under 8hrs I have Shotz tabs in every bottle I consume and aim for 2 gels per hour. Never again will I race without the tabs! Unfortunately on the same lap I got my nutrition sorted, Andrew and I came across an injured ride. He had destroyed his helmet against a tree but, seemed to have held consciousness through the ordeal. I could related to this situation as I have in the past hit a tree and broken vertebrae. I stayed with him while Andrew continued to notify the next marshal. When first aid arrived on the scene I completed the rest of the lap and expected to see Andrew at the start finish ready to race the last 2 laps. I didn't know, but he had directed the ambulance to injured rider and was expecting to see me there. Either way, I did a fairly fun and fast shortened last lap and we called it a tie!

The Jacks Ridge track is great, the guys that get to ride in this location often are very lucky. I have already made a commitment to the Softcogs function in August otherwise I would have been keen to come back and ride this track for the 12 hours. Generally the track is quite fast and flowy. I think the average speed Andrew and maintained was close to 23km/hr on a mostly single track course. Even with a little moisture the track held up great. The new section of track that was put into this course will be great with a couple more berms under dry conditions. The trails had the challenging A lines taken out leaving a course that was still great fun and suited riders of all ability.

I need to thank the club for inviting me back again, I had a great time and hopefully will make the journey again. Sue Wood also needs a big thank you for passing bottle and having pity on me by providing a lift home. I need to thank my major sponsors JetBlack, Pivot and G8 but Shotz nutrition for coming to the rescue and making sure I have enough electrolyte for the Albury Evocities round next weekend!

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