Having said previously that the course was a bit lame compared to last year I think it's only fair to to a proper review now having done the race.
Firstly, there wasn't as much fire road as I'd thought. When I did my test ride the week before I "misinterpreted" the map. There was a lot more than before but as I got used to the course I came to really enjoy the mix of single track and fire road. This made the course faster over all though I think it was a little shorter too and conditions were near perfect.
The first lap was pretty frustrating as it was so congested. I know this is inevitable to a certain extent but I'm sure it was worse this year that previous ones and I think more could be done to spread out the pack early on. I take some responsibility though of course, I should have had the confidence to get further forward in the pack before the start. Also, the course tape wasn't changed after the first loop of the field so it wasn't at all clear where to go when you re-entered the field at the end of the first whole lap.
I loved being able to hit the log jump at full speed as they'd left the logs building it up into a ramp. I still would have preferred them to remove them though to make more of a challenge of it, there is a chicken run around it.
The off camber traverse at the end of Over the Saddleback drop made me smile every time.
So, all in all a great course. Thanks to everyone who put so much work into the day. I'll be entering again next year when I'll be tempted to procrastinate so long I miss the male pairs category and am forced to go retro again
1982 Viscount Aerospace 600ax
1991 Giant Cadex CFM 3 - Frame for sale
1992 Diamondback Interval TG
2004 Rock Lobster Team Tig
2008 Glider Tupelo