For the summer solstice weekend Amanda and I called in some more Grandma and Dennis favours to look after Fiona so that we could go race at a 24 hour race at Kincaid park.
The local Bike club (Arctic Bike Club) mountain division organises the event with the help of some sponsors.
The race is a lot lower key than the previous 24 hour race (Sleepless in the Saddle) I competed in back in 2004. Racers could race a variety of different categories including Solo, Duo and Pairs. Revolution racing were fielding four teams.
DUO 24hr M Team: Revolution Racing
DUO 24hr M Team: Riff Raff
QUAD 24hr F Team: Midnight Masochistas
QUAD 24hr M Team: Insomniacs Inc.
We all arrived before 11am on the Saturday, to get set up and check over bikes etc. Then it was time to wait for the start. We all lined up ready for the Le Mans style start for it to be delayed 30min whilst the course flags corrected, some idiots had decided to move the course which is really not that sporting. Once we had the go ahead racing got underway at 12:32.
|Running start with our base camp in background|
|Almost at the end|
The atmosphere at the event was really relaxed and combining that with the great summer we are having at the moment ensured the event was a whole lot of fun. Snacks and BBQ was provided along with a fire drum for when it got dark, yes it did get dark for a couple of hours, not really dark but dark enough to require lights on the single track trails.
The course was a 11ish mile loop which used a combination of ski trails, social singletrack trails and STA trails.
Due to animal activity in Kincaid we all had to ride with Bear Bells, although annoying at least they alert other users to our presence in the park. Oh and the nickname "The Moose Gauntlet" comes from the fact that moose like bedding down/walking along the trails we all like to ride, they also don't really move off these trails when we are riding on them so we sometimes had to detour from the course.
Since I was racing I don't actually have any pictures of the course but I can confirm the following things, ski trails are fast but a little boring, social trails are technical and rooty, STA trails are fast flowing and smooth. I know which trails I prefer to ride.
Rabbit - 1
Porcupine - 2
Moose - Many many
Birds - Many many many
Unidentified rustling in bushes - Lots
Revolution Racing - 12 laps, 138 mi, 23:14:12 - 2nd
Riff Raff - 6 laps, 69 mi, 21:28:12 - 3rd
Midnight Masochistas - 11 laps, 126.5 mi, 22:57:40 - 2nd
Insomniacs Inc. - 19 laps, 218.5 mi, 22:59:24 - 2nd
I think I speak for everyone when I say I don't think anyone had another lap left in them by the end of the race, to all the racers well done and see you all again next year.... or at the next XC/road race!
Until next time have fun all