wow! what a few days!!
my story begins arriving on wednesday and pitching camp in blazing sun. little did i know the horror ahead of me!! the guv and rekiborter soon arrived and we set up base camp, aided with beer! camp beds soon beckoned but then came the rain, the wind and the indignity of deciding that the gazebo was simply not enough against the rain, i decamped to the safety of the van which turned out to be a much better bedroom!!
thursday came, people started arriving en-masse, the field started getting boggy. we legged it to Ledbury for a curry and a beer, checked online using our phones in the pub, yes we were those iphone tossers in the pub ignoring eachother because of the internet!
back to camp and some more beer, friday came and went as people arrived and pitched their tents . . . in the rain and wind!
race day came and i donned the suit, i have been meaning to buy a new suit for ages, it's old but my only suit, all interviews, weddings, funerals etc have been in that suit from the last 10 years!! this now forces me to get a new suit for a wedding in october!!
on the start line i told Rob Lee (awesome enduro racer) that he took it all too seriously, not even a smile in return, Nick Craig on the other hand adjusted my tie for me!! Legend!!
the lap itself, the run was painful so became a jog then a walk with Tedc, alot more gentlemanly! then we got to the bikes and i left the Ninja Turtle for dust (well, gloop!) i rolled round to the kenda climb and got up the entire thing and at that point i realised just how hard the lap ahead was going to be but also how much encouragement i was gonna get for wearing a suit!!
when asked why i was wearing the suit the most common reply was i am off to court/interview/on my daily commute etc. coming towards the lezyne bridge (1st pass the retrobike tent) someone stalled on the hill infront of me forcing me to dismount, at which point i got complimented on the suit, i asked for pimms, they gave me red wine and a bottle of becks! i then headed for the bridge, stopped to talk to the ninja turtles team mate then downed the beer and launched at the lezyne bridge to an awesome cheer from the heckle tent!! awesome!!!
after that the lap was harder because of the hills but eventually i got towards the last downhill, just before this i was overtaken by an elite rider with the usual lack of sense of humour call of "elite rider on your left!!" i followed him down the descent where he fell off in the bomb hole!! i went passed shouting "upper management on your right!!" made me laugh!!
then i passed the heckling tent again and was welcomed with a lot of cheering, you guys were amazing!!
eventually i came round to the start/finish line, i have never been happier to see heathy!!! but god did i get some stick for an almost 3 hour lap!! but then i wasn't that far behind others so i felt better when i heard their times!
after that epic lap the tactics were changed to "do what you can when you can" meaning binning nights laps and starting up again in the morning.
i'd like to thank:-
my team, makster, heathy, graveymonster, nick, andy(GA rider), bob (man in pink), the Guv. LEGENDS ALL OF YOU!
the guv, makster, mr k, DJ App for the sound and light show
everyone who cheered, jeered and heckled
spencer for the beer
theredchilli and cannondaleking and harrycrumb as start line mates!
andy for the pure comedy that the intruder brought!
and anyone else i have forgot!!
awesome amazing weekend
here is a link to my photobucket album , there are about 130 pics starting from this link, i don't know if you can right click save them should you want any but if not PM me and i'll send you the file by email.
http://s929.photobucket.com/albums/ad13 ... 1QQtppZZ20
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