I also had a great time dragging my old overweight unfit body around the course!
Thanks to all the riders that were polite when passing, curses to those who didn't even say thanks when I dismounted and got off the racing line in the tight single-track (on more than one occasion) – I could name and shame, but I won’t!
A big thanks to the organisers, it’s only my second Big Dog and I thought the organisation was slicker than last year, the marshals were top notch and threw polite jests at me when I past them wheezing and swearing to myself, so thanks – it does mean a lot. Thanks to the two guys at the entrance to the Carpark who welcomed me with a smile. I promise I’ll remember biscuits next year!
This years course – it’s all down to preference, I loved the flowing single-track and I’ve never had my bike banked over as hard as I did on the last few turns sweeping back down to the Start/Finish, but overall I did prefer last year’s course. I do understand why it had to be changed – Too much ripped lycra
My only injury was skin off my knuckle on one hand and a split in my kneecap where I started a fight with a tree and lost!
I’m still on a high now….great weather, great people, loved it. Now want to book for next year!
The only negative was OhSo. We turned up at 8:00 only for the ‘bouncer’ to look blankly at me when I held out my armband and asked for one for my partner, the bar staff were poor (and the selection of drinks worse). We ended up going to the Fortune of War for a few drinks before going back to OhSoCrap. Again, staff still clueless but there were a few Doggers(!) so I donated my token to their evening and we left. I know it’s got to be hard booking out somewhere on a Saturday night when you are unsure about numbers and have a limited budge, but the Fortune has great staff and a good selection of drinks so maybe a return for 2014?
Next year I promise to train…..(I remember saying that after last years event!)