I had decided my strategy was to ‘man up’ as Georgia put it: involving going hard out, making plenty of grunting noises, sweating a lot and swearing whenever I felt necessary. This strategy proved extremely successful and I thoroughly enjoyed my ride. I hooned around the first 5 controls dropping several females...they were no longer my competition. Then through some strange twist of fate exactly the same control that Chris had bungled sucked me into its trap and I bush bashed for a solid 5 minutes before relocating. Luckily instead of panicking I put my foot down and went for it.
The highlight was the final loop after the spectator control; I set my sights on the Hungarian man who was not far in front. Exiting the second to last control he hesitated, so I took my chance and burned past him…knowing all along he had no idea I was his rival! A great tactical diversion.
After an energetic party that evening the World MTBO champs were over. Chris was a little thirsty....
And Viv decided to grow an afro...
The team had had some great results. I felt I didn’t necessarily achieve the results I had hoped for but I learned heaps and am super inspired to get out there and do some more. So unsurprisingly is Chris!Here are some photos from the week:
The Kiwi contingent
The 'oldies' compare post race notes
Is that washing or do I see a cabin there?
Delicious blue swimming pool
Emily and Kath in Warsaw before we leave for Sweden