Really enjoyed Mayhem this year, perhaps back to the good times in the good weather. Excellent, tough course that kept the Alaskan Puppies going hard at it. Incredible scenery, beautiful touching moments like cresting the long climb to see 20 riders off the bikes watching the sunset, riding/grunting up that long climb ahead of the solo women winner as she yabbered away about the price of shopping, chatting to Matt Page in the handover, and chatting to Ant White about how he was getting on.
Didn't spend too much time away from the tent/the bike but walked over to the arena on the hunt for hot food and cake and the first thing my 5 year old son saw was a massive inflatable fun looking Army dude with a big fun rifle. In the background was a video screen showing footage of youngsters boxing getting the hairdryer treatment from their corner. Then he spotted some young lads having a go with rifles. He was drawn to it, and really wanted to go and have a look. But absolutely no way was he going any where near that place of illusion and death. Only last week some young soldiers were blown to pieces out in the field, and it left a bit of a bitter taste to see that lifestyle being promoted at a family orientated event like Mayhem.
Obviously my 5 year old chose to ignore it after that initial distraction.