I think yesterday was the first time I didn't actually enjoy riding my bike in a looooong time. Thought the format was odd: practice in the morning?? What's all that about! I've done the other 3 rounds and this was the most difficult - mainly because I set off in the middle of the downpour - which made conditions rather, err, tricky...
Main problem I had was not being able to see - so much mud, so much rain, made my clear bike glasses impossible to see out of, but you have to wear them for each of the stages. I was so wet I had nothing to dry them with. Gloves muddy from falling off - exactly the conditions that Hans Dampf don't work in.
I have enjoyed this series - Quantocks was an eye opener, FoD I really enjoyed, Aston Hill was an odd format and too intense, but yesterday: nope - didn't enjoy yesterday.
I do like riding the stages blind - but not literally. I suppose I could have stopped after the start of each stage and taken my glasses off, but we have to wear them for a reason.
I appreciate the effort that Carlos puts in to organising these things, and for making the courses hard (in the dry!) but the timing system and the length of time it takes to get the results out, and then all the revisions is what I find a little disappointing - if the time recording could be improved, I'd be much happier - well, a little - much happier if we had a dry event!!
I did a Mini-Enduro at Eastridge - all electronic timing, results out that night.
Haven't decided whether to do next year - I live in Warwickshire so each event means a long drive.