Hidden Vale 24 hour solo race Easter 2018 - Reflection

Summary

21 laps

328km

5711 meters 

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 

16km laps

1x fall after hitting a tree

Read more: Hidden Vale 24 hour race reflection - Easter Weekend 2018

Whaka 2014 100 km

Hmm, where do I start - maybe with the appalling race preparation leading up the 100km race? In the week before the 100km mountain bike race, around the trails in Rotorua, a group of friends and myself had way too much fun playing on the trails. In the space of a week, we had clocked up 350+ km with an awful lot of climbing and single track than you could possibly imagine. This resulted in our group starting the race on weary legs with one of the madder guys riding every day including the race on a single speed bike (apparently he can't afford more than 1 gear poor thing).

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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.

Read more: What does it take to compete in a 24 hour mountain bike race in Australia? Dec 2nd 2014