Mountain bike race (Dwellingup 100) 4:49:39  100.57 km (20.8 kph) +1407m
shoes: Giant XTC Advanced SL 29er
Thunder and lightning about this morning but it was off in the distance and none of it made it down to Dwellingup so that was nice. Felt surprisingly not shit after my lacklustre week but still figured I wouldn't go full tilt. Started off with 'the bunch' for the first 6km on bitumen then hit the first bit of single track and that separated people, especially when some guy who couldn't ride a straight section of single track to save his life held up the rest of us.
Spent most of the ride passing people on hills and having them get away from me on single track - my MTB handling skills are about as good as they ever were - then settled into a rhythm on the second 'lap' where I finally decided that I was in a race so tried to catch people.
Hells Gate (for those who've done the 6 inch, it's that hellish downhill just after the secnd aid station that you can't run) had me walkingthe first time but I tried to ride it the second time, following the wheel of a guy in front, and promptly did my usual trick of riding into a ditch and having a nice stack in front of the guy filming it all. Oh well.
Good ride in the end, felt like I'd done some work despite not hammering. Think I pumped the tyres up too much though since the bike kept threatening to wash out on corners. Two mechanicals - one being that the seat post wouldn't stay up but with the amount of tape that I'd wrappedaround it, that mostly held it in place, and the second being that the saddlebag strap disassociated itself with my seat post so the last 50km I spent with the dumb thing banging against the post every time I went over a bump.
Bit depressing to get passed by the first two 40km riders at the 20km mark and a couple of others right afterwards but then when I rode the 40km way back when, I seem to recall going flat tack too whereas today I wasn't. I paid them back by passing five 40km riders near the end of my 100km. They were slow.