Well, what an experience that was.
Firstly I'd like to apologise for Team Retrobike's late start (I was officially the last person in the race for the first two miles), I spent all Friday making sure those bikes were A1 ready when they rolled out of the boot and low and behold, Mrs Wu's brakes needed completely sorting all over again and my cranks.
Amazing ride. Truely, never ridden anything like it.
Great to see everyone, shame we missed the other RB members, was looking for a Moots to say hi to SteveK, but was clearly miles ahead of me.
Personal highlights in no particular order:
*Seeing Hilts' idea of an overnight bag and me and the Mrs' somewhat larger baggage allowance (pic to follow).
*Poor old Kev's breakfast clearly about to re-appear to haunt him on that first climb.
*Heathy and Ed and mine's joy at being re-united after both being considerably slower than the RB elite.
*The RB elite's good grace to wait for me at the start while all the others went off. - Sorry chaps.
*EdEdwards actually running back down a bloody steep hillside at Heathy and I, only to pick him up like a rucksack (or bergen?) and run back up the hill avec Heathy on his back (chanting I wanna be a drill instructor).
*Realising EdEd was right and I was wrong when we had the "I can complete the 100k, I really can Ed" conversation at about 70k, and he said I couldn't.
*Getting a medal even though I was a DNF.
*Hearing over dinner that night that Kev had done a Flouro Doormat right there in front of my Mrs.
Thanks to all for making it such a typically great RB get together. The best aspect for me was that wherever you went it wasn't long before you caught up with a friendly Russell or grinning Heathy or hardcore EdEd.
Roll on next year.