Adventure Racing race 17:44:00  130.0 km (8:11 / km)
Red Ants Rumble in the Magoebaskloof area. Sarah, Anthony, Craig and I as Geronimo. They were all new to long AR and they did very well.
We messed up the first little run with 2 controls being swapped and then some crazy mistake into the school buildings. I have no idea what happened - the angle was good I thought but we ended up completely on the wrong end of the buildings. Anyway, finished with Xhale, but behind plenty of people.
Tony and Craig paddle are awesome paddlers, so with the portaging and 10km of paddling we were rocking. Cruised past Xhale which was fun.
Then the silly mistake for the race, about 15 min. We got handed a hiking map. It turns out we weren't on the map. Assuming we were and matching up some contour shapes we headed off in the wrong direction. When I noticed the massive tar road, I figured it out and corrected. But it allowed a lot of teams to get ahead of us.
The bike was hard. 50km in about 5 hours. My bike hasn't been in granny gear for that long. We worked hard. We dropped Piers. And got caught by Stijn, but we stuck with them. We passed Lickety Split and Olympus. I could just keep Sarah in touch with Craig and Tony. The cave was cool.
The hike was fun. The kloofing was brilliant and I usually get tired of kloofing very quickly. The climb out was massive, but we did it well.
Xhale came into transition as we were leaving. I explored some forest roads that went no where so we had to bail and met Xhale. I didn't really think we were racing them, so happliy informed them that the roads were useless that way. So we started the big downhill together. Sarah had to have a few breaks down the hill, so we were quite slow. We moved steadily along the bottom. We made it to the tar road just as it got dark - which was great. The tar road was a killer with lots of uphill.
We had a slow transition but paddled steadily. Another fun night paddle. The end was hard. We had to get through a lot of reeds to portage under the road. The mud was smelly. Tony had a quick vomit there, but recovered to cover the last 100m home - I think a tough day in the heat.
In the end we lost 58min to Xhale. We were 7th overall in and 2nd mixed team. Xhale unfortunately got a 1hour penalty, so we got the prize for 1st by 2 min!
A great team performance. I thought we might be pushing it a bit hard up the big hill. But everyone managed themselves very well to keep a consistent pace. I worked hard on the bike and climbing out the kloof. Good training!