Well. Interesting race. Thought I was going well, no calamities through the first 10. Deliberately slowed down in the tricky control pick but still wobbled - Schorah got back infront of me. good again after that until 18 where I missed it (not by much - tracking shows me go right to it) but then climbed too high. Over a minute binned there and Schorah ahead again. On my own through 20-22, really slowed down but got them right. noticed that I was on 74' at the radio - thought I heard HH was 77' so took that as a good sign.
Then it went really
I caught Ant going up the hill to 23. We were running along the wall so I thought I would just sit in and deal with an energy gel before starting the push for home. That was a bad move as I lost the place and didn't have a plan. Cue much headless chicken impersonating concluding with me finding #118, checking code, seeing I had it, punching and heading on to 24. Only problem: #118 was
24. Took me 100m to figure that out then backtracked and sorted it out. 4+mins binned. Fine from there to the finish, chasing Ant down again. 5th behind a great run from Doug, 5th overall as well.
Map no route (but with mud - we need map bags!)
Map with route
So what have we learnt? I'm still not precise enough in the technical stuff. But remarkably I am quick. Despite CaB being one of the roughest bits of forest around WinSplits has me as being "fastest without mistakes". How the hell did that happen? I've not stepped in terrain since January! I spend hours each week squashing tarmac! Eh?