I have been preparing nearly all year, since November 2016, for this event: my first Enduro race, or any race for that matter.
I didn’t really know what to expect. I did not even know whether I’d actually like to race if I’m honest, and all the pressure that mounted around the long awaited day was putting me off somehow.
But then race day arrived and it proved to be well worth the wait and painful preparation. I raced some of the stage really well, especially the more downhill ones (8 of 64), while rather sucking at the more pedally ones (42 of 64), where I could feel all my remaining power being sucked by the bike suspensions and tyres. I ended up 30 of 64 in veteran class, which is pretty good all considering.
Next race now on the 5th November, in a completely unknown setting! The QECP Southern Enduro 2017 Mash Up, in Hampshire.
Here is a video I put together with some of the footage from my chest cam. Some of it got corrupted so only a few stages were recorded.