Orienteering (MTB) race (Pirata) 53:50  ***** 10.64 km (11.9 kph)
spiked:26/34c shoes: Giant XTC Advanced SL 29er
Local club event today where Australians made up 1/3 of the field! We knew beforehand it was 10.5km and with 34 controls it was going to be constant nav and concentration required. Double sided 1:5000 map I also assumed we'd be going back through the same area but turns out after we finished one side, we crossed the river and went over.
Started off cautiously as I was the third last starter so went the long way to the first one just to be safe. Track network looked complex and I ended up coming in from the far side of a lot of controls since I overshot the tracks I was looking for but always knew pretty quickly what I'd done. Got passed by the two guys behind me pretty early on but pretty sure all the locals knew the area pretty well.
Got to the map turnover on the bridge expecting to go back and do it all again but we went over the bridge and the map on the far side was insane! I was very cautious through here and had a lot of hesitations but thankfully never got lost so was just slow. It was hard to get up any pace at any time and I stopped at a lot of junctions to check where I was.
In the end the Aussies didn't fare so well although Carolyn won the women's division (with three riders) and was second in the series of four races having only competed in just the one but the senior men got hammered, taking out the spots 8-11 out of 11 finishers with one mp on top of that. I got 10th, just a minute behind Alex and a further 30 seconds to Chris. Heaps of fun though! Also good that you can cut through the bush here ;-)