Was prepared for a technically tough race but once up a contour from the start you could see 1. Next few a small bit harder but still easy enough. I felt a bit slow going up the hill but once I got to 4 I felt good and I was moving through the terrain well. I manged my speed well and took risks when I figured they'd pay off.
Going down to 8 then my shoe fell apart... tried my hardest not to let it slow me down going down the hill, especially once I saw 9 just after leaving 8.
Much to my surprise I saw Eoin then on the way up to 10 just I was leaving 9. This boosted me up the hill nicely and a mistake by him in the circle meant I got ahead.
11-13 were all really easy controls and I think I just pushed into the red a bit much and then didn't think to slow down for 14, which was slightly more difficult. Didn't pay enough attention at all and ended up floundering around up too high for 70 secs.
Noticed the shoe again going down the hill, but maybe it slowed me down enough to prevent any more mistakes...
A bit disappointed to be behind Darren by 19 secs, I really threw it away on 14. I was glad to see I had the speed though, I just have to make sure I keep my head through the whole race.