Alastair takes on 10 Under The Ben

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

This weekend was free on my DH callender so I decided it would be good training to do the local 10 hour endurance race organised by nofussevents.couk on my Nukeproof Mega. 

This weekend was free on my DH callender so I decided it would be good training to do the local 10 hour endurance race organised by nofussevents.couk on my Nukeproof Mega. 

The guys at No Fuss know how to put on a great event. They also give me great support  and so I try to do as many of their varied events as possible.

Our team of 3 consisted of Steve Bradley, Neil Wright & myself  all on 160mm travel bikes and also a combined age of 160 which pushed us into the Senior Vets Catagory.

With temperatures topping out at 30 degrees C  it was going to be a dry and dusty day on the trails which suited us and the other 500+ competitors just fine.

Ahead of us lay a 10 mile course to be ridden for as many laps as possible in 10 Hours. It consisted of steep climbs on singletrack, fire roads, great rocky descents as well as flat out loose gravel descents. A real fun course.

Short travel carbon xc bikes seemed to be flavour of the day and the Mega stood out superbly as I joined the front row of the grid for the mass rolling start.  

As expected I didn’t have the pace of the light xc bikes on the long climb up the hill from the start but the Mega is a superb climber compared to any bike in its class and i wasn’t far out of touch with the pace setters. Once on the first descent of the day the fun started and I managed a few cheeky passes as the bike ate up the gnarly rocky trail. 


More undulating single track and fire road followed as well as a river crossing which could be hit at speed if there wasn’t too many riders stuck in the techy entrance. After this a steep climb led to more fire road and then a great blast down a loose rocky path where loads of time was made up over the shorter travel bikes. The lap finished with a flat out downhill fire road section which was great fun tucked in for max aerodynamics. 

The mega was a great bike to ride for this event and really proved itself as an efficient climber and peddler as well as an awesome descender.

At the end of the day we finished 1st in our class putting in 10 laps which rounded off a fantastic day nicely.

Next race: IXS Cup Innerleithen

www.mtbrideguide.co.uk

 

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