Well I've gathered my thoughts on the weekend...
Yet again the bar (or should that be bear) has been raised to a higher standard all round for a Retrobike event
I was more than stunned when the awards were announced and the KHS was declared a runner up, I never expected to even get close to the exceptionally high standard of bikes you see at Retrobike events
Top class heckling from The Heckle Brothers
the Heckle-O-Phone was awesome I can't believe that someone believed the 'please clear the campsite by 12.30' announcement!
The Heckle wagon went on tour for a lap with REKIBorter and myself on the Clockwork, superb fun on my 1st lap even though I did wipe out in the 1st section of singletrack. I managed a perfect barrel roll off the bike and simultaneously dragged the bike out of the way of the following rider whilst telling them to pass on the right hand side. Needless to say I dropped the tyre pressure a lot at the next available opportunity and grip returned in abundance!
Completed the lap and returned to Heckle HQ to fuel up again and prepare for my next lap around midnight, which upon hearing that it was drying up and getting faster I decided to use the modern bike with less aggressive tyres....
....not the best decision as I wiped out three further times in the 1st section of singletrack, the last wipeout ended abruptly courtesy of a rather large tree jarring my arthritic back quite badly, I couldn't move around on the bike at all I could only pedal in a straight line in a bolt upright riding position. Not good, not good at all with the greasy surface demanding all of your ability to stay on a half decent line, in a lot of pain I decided not to risk damaging myself even more and had to stop riding and dose myself up on some serious painkillers
I'm never bringing a modern bike to a retro meeting again, the Clockwork outperformed the Cube in every way.
A huge thank you to all those on the Flatlanders team who picked up the slack after my tree hugging incident put me out of the race & another huge thank you to all who made the event what it was which was epic in every way. I'll be back next year with only retro bikes & hopefully on a 10 man team as my beer consumption was to be honest quite poor!