@Gus - DID YOU MAKE IT?>??!?
Paparazzi Scum friend Rich and I set off with good mojo. After he was clearly not enjoying it one bit and I realised it was shoot or bust moment, I gave my team player pep talk...
"one of us isn't going to finish this, and if we stick together it'll be two"
and buggered off leaving him chucking his bike at the ground like an angrier Contador.
So much walking and carrying the crosser as the wheels wouldn't rotate on terra firma, meant I arrived at the cake stop and all that was still there was a bloke with a hose and another bloke saying they'd removed the 100k signs. Annoyed as I still had the beans, but relieved as frankly I'd had enough of mountain biking by this point that I was intending to retire from it again (those that remember this in 2008 will testify).
Spun home on road (much nicer experience) and got in at 3.30pm. Bit annoyed I didn't do the hundred again. Bit relieved.
Good to see you all for about 15secs each.