Mountain Biking race (Sani2C) 5:02:03  100.55 km (20.0 kph) +1701m
shoes: Specialized Epic Expert 2010
Day 2 of Sani2C.
Started with C-batch. Very fast and dry course, so we flew down the single tracks into the Umko valley. Lots of concentration, so I was mentally exhausted at the bottom after only 1 hour. Took me a while to recover, just in time for the long climbs up the Ixopo valley. A small route change leaving the valley, making it easier on a district road, the only negative on the entire race. Felt good on the 2nd half of the race, whilst Mac took more strain for a change. Strong finish as we once again tried to duck under 5 hours. Also missed it as the course was again about 2km longer, despite a new fast section next to the tar road into the finish.
Moved up to 133rd and 84th SM in the General Classification, sandwiched between the 2 other Salomon teams. Fastest time over the Full day 2 course, with only 2010 being faster on a shortened course to avoid the Umko mud. In 2009, a 5:23 was good enough for 63rd!