Well done Ed,
I'd have probably spectated and got cold but it clashed with a weekend in "Larndarn".
Very good for completing it, although when I got into work on Monday- without having read Retrobike- and a mate told me how one rider got a DNF because he incapacitated himself pedalling into the back of their stationary van on one of the road sections through Horton-in-R, part of me did wonder if it was you!
Sadly I was on the IF again as I had b/b issues on the Bontrager that basically left me with two options - run the 48/44 up front or swap out the very wide b/b for a more knee friendly chain set. Unfortunately the non standard b/b cups were installed without grease which at 48 hours before the event kind of made my mind up. I also suspect that the Bontrager may have dissolved in the puddles too. Perhaps next year...... :evil:
Great report, you've captured the "day of hell" brilliantly. A big well done for getting round too - many more did not make the cut. It was a bit of a surprise to turn the corner and see the "lake" at the bottom of PYG - i'd recce'd the day before when it was just a large puddle.
I managed to hit the deck pretty much as soon as you hit the first off-road - after the farm - sitting down in the middle of a flood. Unfortunately i also managed to smack my shin into a concrete shelf. Ouch at the time but soon forgotten with the focus on staying upright/alive/moving forward for next few hours. By the end it looked like my leg was on backwards with a sizeable lump sticking out of the front - think being hit by an axe on the shin. No real damage done though and the scar will be a reminder of the worst conditions since 1981.
The moment is captured below.