I've only been to a couple enduros before but this seemed really well organised with a really good atmosphere, so hats off to the organisers and thanks to all the marshals, etc. for making the day so great.
I guess the only thing you couldn't control was the weather and whilst it was nice, dry and warm - the wind was absolutely brutal, as in pedal to go downhill or you'll stop kind of wind, or blow you off line (or your bike) as you try and thread your way through the course!
As a result, I had more fun on the practice day than during the race as it was very calm on the Saturday.
Went off line on the first stage at the bottom of a sort of shoot and after hanging on for dear life as I prayed my bike would ride over the massive rock patch I was now aiming at, I was rewarded myself with both front and back pinch flats. In hindsight, I should have probably ran down the rest of the course to salvage my time, but I decided to fix them both and so as a result my time for that stage was a write off. I was actually enjoying it more than on the practice day despite the wind, but the repairs sort of put a damper on that.
Stage 2 was the most fun I thought although the wind was annoying again.
The push up the road to stage 3 was pretty much soul destroying, but at least the sun was out a bit. Stage 3 was fun again but the wind made me a bit nervous on a couple of sections and I messed up my line in a couple of places. The lad I was riding round with had both front and rear pinch flats here (after getting a rear puncture in the same place on practice) and ran his bike down.
Then followed about an hours worth of puncture repairing until almost giving up until someone helpfully donated a spare inner tube (his inners were like a sieve basically!).
Then the long trek right back across the to the final stage. Enjoyed stage 4 as well, flying across / traversing grassy fields is something I've not really done before. Felt like a bit of a ski run at the end.
I've ridden in quite a lot of places, admittedly trail centres the majority of the time, but this kind of terrain was quite new to me and I definitely wasn't at my best, but it was a good experience and I'm really glad I did it.
If I ride here again, dual ply tyres will be a must as well as about a dozen inner tubes! Full face helmet would be an idea as well, nowhere soft to fall off pretty much anywhere - all jagged rocks!
How did you find it?