Monday, March 30, 2009

NZO 24 hours at Rotorua

A quick race report with photos & more details to be added later.

Weather: Sunny & pleasant during the day. As soon as the sun went down it was damp & darn cold. 4 or 5 deg C in the morning!

Track: Can only be described as awesome, fun, fast, flowing, demanding 16 kms long. If you don't like single track then this is not the course for you hehehe...

Race: Mind, bike, body all ready to go. They all came together. I found a really good pace. In the early part of lap 3 is when I tried to find a nice smooth line to use later on in the night to avoid some body rattling bumps is when it all went very wrong. My front wheel washed out on a fast bumpy down hill. In the crash somthing has driving into the top of my chest.

Another 6 laps (9 completed laps in total) & just over 9 hours of non stop lapping I decided to have a little fed, jersey change, leg warmers on stop. This is when the pain started crashing down on me.

I got checked out & it wasn't good news. My race was over. At the end of the race I finished in 8th place overall in the solos.

The people, track, town, weather...everything has been awesome. Definately an event to add to your race calendar.

2 comments:

Rach said...

sorry to hear you had bad luck dog.
heal quick.

Russell Worthington said...

Bugger Matt. I know you'll bounce back real quick. Seeya soon I hope.