So I have already reported on our first day of this world class race and here is a short report on day 2 and 3.
Day 2 is known for the spectacular drop down into the Umko Valley. With single track that winds its way down the valley and is probably the highlight of the race. After all the fun and games to the first water table, we began the long climb up and out of the valley. William rode within himself to make sure we didn’t have the hassle of him cramping again which worked out well. Once we got out of the valley, I began to push William quite a bit so that we could hopefully move up another batch to the final day. We ended up riding 6hrs 17min and moved into the top 200 and just scraping into D batch. Day 2 is quite a long day and I really enjoyed riding the Umko valley again and being able to help William get through what is a tough day by most riders standards.
We woke to a wet and rainy day. So we dressed up and began preparing our gear for the final day of 85km to Scottburgh on the south coast. With all the mud in the first 10km , William had hassles with his chain and couldn’t shift out of his big blade which meant we lost time on the first few climbs but luckily at the first water table at 23km they had washers for the riders to get rid of most of the mud and grit. From then on it was all about enjoying what was left this awesome race. We starting making up time on the guys from group that left us in the beginning and eventually all that was left was to conquer the floating bridge that had gained a reputation for being tricky. In the end it was a little unnerving but good fun. We completed the last day of 85km in 4hrs 25min which put us a bit in the top 200 of the Adventure.
It was an awesome experience and I really enjoyed riding this race again. A big thanks to William and Juluka Forest Services for giving me the chance to ride.
We will be riding a new event Dusi2c in June together and Berg and Bush later in the year.