A Bridge too far
Garry (Korndog) provided priceless and outstanding support throughout the race, but his initial contribution was to quickly erect my newly supplied marquee from Wendy Stevenson, and then to set up my transition area and to finalise any last minute adjustments to my two 29er bikes. Later, he was to team up with my lovely wife Greer and tirelessly run bottles and sustenance throughout the race, a service none of us riders can really do without.
Congratulations to everyone who podiumed and to all those riders who pushed themselves further and harder than ever before. In particular, to Jason McAvoy for becoming World Champion in my age group, after holding off the dogged and determined Benjy Morris. Moreover, Jason finished fifth and Benjy eigth overall. Jason never stopped smiling at the presentation and was positively glowing. To Jason Archer and Jamie Vogler for their commendable third and fouth places, to Jason English for winning the whole event for a fourth time, to Andrew Lloyd for pushing him so hard and Andrew Hall for third in the elite. Finally, to Garry James for his incredible victory in the 50-54, holding off my mate Pete Selkrig, and to Mike Israel who (after doing it to me 2 weeks earlier) caught the unfortunate Ian Bridgland on the final lap to win Gold in the 45-49 age category.