Saturday, April 26, 2014

Kona 24hr

Last year the Kona 24hr was awesome, and with National 24hr put on hold til the end of the year this year's race attracted a strong field. This would be my first solo race since WEMBO last year. Unsure of my form - but hoping that I had done enough leading up - everything was set for a great race.

Being a more local race for me, the girls were able to come too and I was able to roll around with the girls while they competed in the kids race. Both the girls were rocking the Ay Up colours and had a ball. I think they found a bit of racing mongrel over the weekend though, as both girls are keen to race again. During the race Maia was MIA - on the jumping castle.
To my race: My plan was pretty simple, turn the crews up on the start and see who was keen to play. There were a lot fast boys lining up around me. The gun went, and from the get go I found myself leading out the field, including the 4hr competitors. This remained for the first lap and then Andrew Lloyd & two 4hr team riders passed me in transition. On the first long climb I felt the tempo had slowed, so I passed them again and Lloydy came with me and we dropped the other two. This remained the case for the next lap or so until my seat and private region came to a disagreement on the rock garden. This incident saw me take the next half hour off the bike and reassess my race goals. My new goal was to do what I needed to and not push myself to potentially cause anymore damage. I got back on the bike after some chatting with Kiri and laid down some nice laps. By lights on I had ridden back into 1st in my category. As you guys know I love night riding and the night seemed to roll through fairly quickly for me. Kiri informed me throughout the night that I had moved back up into 2nd overall but Andrew had put a lap into me by this stage. I was using a new light beam configuration from Ay Up and I found myself using the lights on a lower power setting which meant I didn't have to do battery changes as often. Happy days. 
Morning was here, and Kiri had an egg and bacon roll waiting for me - love breakfast at this stage. Kiri also told me that I had 4 laps on 2nd in my category. After a quick calculation we worked out I only had to roll one more lap out to secure my position. I was also sitting 2nd overall with the ever strong Bellchambers about 10 minutes back. I made the decision here to stick to my plan and do what  needed. I ended up rolling the last lap and then pulling up stumps. Looking back after a few days, I'm happy with my decision and there is always another race.
I would like to thank AY UP for all their support this year (and for the best lights ever) and Venture for keeping my steeds dialled in, bike never missed a beat. Big thanks to Kiri and the girls for all your help.
Big thanks also goes out to the OHV crew for another wicked race, hopefully see you for the 3+3.
stats: 300km covered and 5th-ish overall

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