Saturday, 25 June 2011
Friday, 24 June 2011
Thursday, 23 June 2011
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
A brief update from Mountain Mayhem 24-hour at Eastnor Castle...
Another great Mayhem year... a superb course, with a seriously long climb in it, some seriously quick decents and minimal rain! Apparently it rained a bit on Friday night, but luckily my body decided that it was going to get a good nights sleep so I didn't hear rattling on the caravan roof - this was a great relief considering that I struggled to get any sleep on Thursday, and my plan to be in bed early for the week leading up to Mayhem went to pot with a run of 11pm good-nights.
Things started earlier this year with a 12pm start instead of the usual 2pm. It was a bit of a rush on Saturday morning getting everything sorted - there always seems to be something you have forgotten in the rest of the prep. Given the rain at the back end of the previous week, plus past experiance of Eastnor in the wet, I was a little aprehensive about the conditions on the first lap, but was pleasantly surprised once out on course. Lap 2 saw further improvement in most places with lines getting much quicker... then the rain started, but with only showers forcast things were looking good. Conditions turned slippy again before drying out superbly in the second half of the race.
Lap 4 threw up a surprise when my half link chain stretched to the point it jumper the rear cog about 1/4 mile from the finish area. This was found to be a fractured link, which was replaced at my fuel stop so I could carry on. Rear cog was upped a couple of teeth to make the climb and help save my legs. Things then remained pretty easy going and uneventful until lap 12 when the chain need to be completely replaced due to 2 more fractured links - thank goodness for BMX chains as I think those links must have been fractured for 2 laps given the noise it started making at the start of lap 11!
Sunday dawned bright & dry, and the 12pm finish time seemed very close - certainly a benefit over the old 2pm finish of previous years - but was accopanied a lap of constant hiccups (much to the amusement of some other riders).
At the finish, things were a bit closer than last year. I managed to complete 19 laps to secure 5th solo to the solo winners (Anthony White) 21 laps. First singlespeed was Dan Treby also on 19 laps in 4th place.
Monday, 20 June 2011
Some words from Jon Fearne of J F Multisport Coaching about one of his team members' results:
"Shaun Benfield 2nd in age group at UK 70.3 Ironman, missing 1st by 7 seconds, Finishing in top 30 overall, awesome result, this man is a machine. Bang it on the blog, he rocks."
Well done Shaun...