What a Great weekend (sort of)
Well, i'd paid my £32 for a spot on the ten man Flatlanders team and was looking forward to a nice bright weekend.
Didn't get it did i
This was the first time i had ridden at Mayhem, having attended last year just to drink in the atmosphere.
With the first 5 laps being already take up by other team members & most of them being around " hours it looked like i was going to be starting my lap on Sunday morning.
There were no takers for laps after Dan (danson67) on Sat night as the heavy rain had set in so we decided to call it quits till the morning.
I decided that i would take the 1st stint at 5am which mean't the alarm went off at 4am
Anyway when i awoke the rain had stopped and it was getting brighter
I got myself ready and made my way to the start.
I was lucky that i didn't have to wait for a handover so off i went on my maiden Mayhem lap
I wish i could say that i enjoyed it but that would be a lie. It was bloody hard work for an overweight,unfit 42 year old
It was mainly slow plugging or pushing an ever increasingly heavy bike.
I got to the bridge in about 1.5 hours and in the last bit before getting there i did think about throwing in the towel but seeing 3 RB members at base camp made me realize i had to finish the lap,so over the bridge and onwards i went.The climb to the monument was a horrible hike but seeing the downhill back to the arena spurred me on, "not far to go" i thought......how wrong i was
Anyway cut cut a waffling old bloke short, i eventually got to said downhill (after a few spills due to not being able to un-clip from my pedals, and no amount of squirting with water & cleaning out with a stick would cure) and made my way to Retrobike corner.I quickly found i had practically no brakes so had to try to zig zag my way to the bombhole.luckily i managed to stay on line and get through without incident.As i came over the road i could hear the heckling but as i came round the corner it gave me an amazing boost to hear all the cheers and "Go Retro" shouts
So just the last bit to go, under the bridge and into the bog at the bottom of the hill, there was a big deep looking puddle in the middle of the track so i thought i'd go round the edge but as soon as my front wheel hit the water it dropped to the bottom of a very deep ditch and over the bars i went
Luckily there was someone to help pick me up as both feet were still clipped in.Once back on my feet i tried to ride up the hill towards the finish straight but it was so gloopy i had to get off and push.I did ride the finish straight though
And that was my first Mayhem lap over
I trudged back to camp had a cup of tea & went for a shower.
I said at the beginning of this post that it wasn't enjoyable, well i lied, it was a fantastic weekend made all the better by all the RB'ers who attended
A few to mention are:
GT-Steve who gave me a lift in the Silver Mean Machine.
REKIBorter for organizing the Flatlanders team and collecting our medals
The Guv'nor for his tireless work organizing all of us
Spencer the the lovely RB beer
Phill77 for making me not bail out at 1130pm Sat night.
Looking forward to a dry ride next year
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