85.524km with 1553m climb in 4:52:02. British mtbo score champs day one 5 hours FOD. Set out looking to clear as sealed very possible. Lots of rout options. 3,2,1,18 were a fairly obvious start. Decided to come back for 4 and 5 rather than leaving them for the end. Bit of trouble finding 5. Went for the middle Beechenhurst bit of the forest next 17, 21, 22, long for 14 now but far less climb than doing it later. 23, 22. Did the middle 2 in Brially next as out and back 31, 30. Stoped by the lights at the CInderford turn on main road had a good drink. 29 and across to cross the main road into lightning tree at the high point.
26 is where the trouble was path bend was obvious then tree 10m west this is of course a forest there were lots of trees to check but no sight of any tape or si box. Checked other side of track and 50m back and onwards as far as the fence. After 6 mins decided to go down single track path from corner about 200m down there was a good bend so searched all the trees there as well before giving up and going back up. After about 10 mins looking all told gave it up and headed for 19. Next big zig zag down to get to bottom end of lighting tree for 27. No tape heard but there was only 1 tree fitting description so spotted box ok. North for 28 went towards bw but backed out as looked slow so around road and big climb to 36 zig zag down to 35 bw muddy heading for 34 and some tough climbs on the road. 33, quick down to 32,25. 24 round the back of the trail center for 13 onto biplane for 11 and across to Cannop ponds 10, 12. Onto the last o map with malards pike. Fairly sure of clearing now but getting tired 15,16 fast drop to 9 and 8 but busy on track. One last long climb for 7 were stupidly overshot then stoped just short for 6 and searched well around elder flowers before going on and finding another 30m on.
In with 8 mins to spair. Not given 26 it was apparently there but no tape. need to use more distinct feature. There was a good fence corner 50m south here that would of been far better. Surprised no one else cleared 10 point lead over Ian and 20 over Graham. Would of been better with 10 more points will have to ride well tomorrow.
Locked my bike up as was leading overnight last year only to have it stolen overnight.
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