First time for me on one of these, it was proper ace. Really enjoyed it, as others have said it was very well organised and the general atmosphere was really good.
That course was so much fun. Lots of rooty little singletrack, no big climbs (or descents) but really felt like you were getting a lot for your peddling. I want to go back just have a mooch around now! (Can you?)
I've not done a short solo XC race, (2hr) usually do the 60-80km enduro type stuff or race as part of a 4 or pairs. And climbing is not my eerrr strength. So was expecting mid table obscurity in the 2hr and that's where I ended up. I could have made the cut for one more lap but was a bit naughty and bimbled over 14 seconds after the cut. Hey, it's winter... Looking back I didn't start quick enough, got a bit trapped in traffic. I was soo determined not to blow up in the early stages that probably went out the blocks not quick enough. Just didn't fancy puking but lesson learn't.
Good fun, well up for doing some more. And kudos to the fast crew at the sharp end, seriously quick. I also thought Gee passed me because I got the 'leading 4hr' shout but maybe that was the imposter!
I thought passing was really good. Much better than recent Bikefests/Oktoberfests. Didn't have any real bother and everyone was fair.
All in all great day out and already looking at the diary for another one