Hidden Vale 24 hour solo race Easter 2018 - Reflection
24hr 19 min
1st solo female
4th overall solo (men and women) (1st place 23 laps, 2nd place 21 laps, 3rd place 21 laps - in 24 hrs 17)
2 laps down on male leader - former world 24-hour champion Jason English
1x fall after hitting a tree
What does it take to complete in a 24-hour mountain bike race in Australia?
The title of this piece will probably not do the race the justice it deserves. Throughout this blog entry, I will try and answer the question which I challenged myself with.
To those of you who have read my previous blog entries, you will have noted that this was indeed not the first 24-hour mountain bike race I had entered it was actually my third. It was, however, the first time I competed in a National event away from my present hometown of Brisbane on an unknown track.
Bay View Blast 7th November 2014
This was the inaugural event run on the trails of Bay View to the East of Brisbane organised by South Brisbane Mountain bike club (aka the rats). The event was extremely well organised and very friendly. There were a couple of versions of the event to choose from ranging from 26km to 78km long. Obviously, I chose the 78km version which would see me going around the 13km course 6 times. I have ridden at Bay View previously but had forgotten how hard it can be and had grossly underestimated the difficulty of the course. I had gone on a 70km social mountain bike ride the day before and had ridden through loads of sand which tired me out more than I was willing to admit.