|Classic Peak District: Cut Gate Path|
Last weekend we went to Minley Manor, Surrey for TORQ 12:12 where I raced as part of the TORQ mixed team in the 12 hour event. Our team of 4 riders - Lee Westwood, Chris Andrews, Neal Crampton and me - took it in turns to race around the 8 mile loop, crammed full of forest singletrack. This perhaps sounds easy but racing full gas for 35-40 minutes every 2 hours for 12 hours gets more and more difficult! It's the cooling down and then having to start up again that I found hard, but it was also difficult to get lunch and dinner - very important, I hate skipping meals! With the podium starting at midnight I also missed my 10am bedtime curfew! Despite a pretty bad mechanical that cost me 18minutes on my second lap, we still managed to win! Big thanks to the boys for having me on the team :)
After a few days at home in my own bed, I'm now packing again (well actually I never unpacked!). Tomorrow we go to Norway for a couple of races. First, we go to Birkebeiner which is a 122km point to point race (starting in Rena and finishing in Lillehammer) in which all riders must carry a 3.5kg backpack. Then we fly 2 hours north of Oslo to Alta, in the Arctic, for the Skaidi Xtreme. This is a race that I'm really looking forward to and we'll spend a week there getting to know the area. Skaidi is in the far Northern part of Norway and is home to the Sami people - semi-nomadic reindeer herders. Being semi-nomadic ourselves, we should have a lot in common, except the reindeer of course.
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