Race day dawned and I woke from a surprisingly solid sleep. Usually I am terrified under the blankets all night thinking of what was to come, but this time around I thought about smooth flowing lines and next thing it was morning! Sweet.
|Packed and ready to go|
|Koiled is coming.|
The organisers provided us with powered tents, tables and chairs for no charge - that's a first! Somehow, even half a world away we managed to have enough stuff with us that it looked like a Koiled shop. Soon enough it was time.
|Koiled Pits home of Pain Master Duggan|
|Rolling again.... rubber side down.|
|Finale rock. Cruel after 24 hours.|
I settled into a good rhythm and rode everything. My legs felt great (thanks Coach Cupcake), I got over being upset with having lost time, and I looked around simply loving that I was here and doing it. The light rain we had started with had cleared and it was a cool, clear afternoon.
|eLoad and a banana - go go go.|
For the first few hours we did feeds without stopping. We meant to practice it, but we never did. Worked out fine. Shan ran along side as I threw a bottle and took a new one, and he shoved something in my pocket. I ate what I was given and kept it rolling. I had some quality pain in the first few hours from my crash, but once that settled I felt good and found myself picking up the girls like Giuliana as I moved up the field. Within a few laps I had caught the other age group girls and was putting time into the them every lap. I'd climbed everything in the first few laps, but quickly found the horror loose dirt pinch climb was better to walk - riding just took too much out of me and left me on the creep when I crested it. Almost everyone else seemed to be doing the same. My pit had instructions not to give me placings until 12+ hours, but Jason came past and told me I was in third overall and asked me what I was doing in age group. Fair question, but not one I expected to have to answer! It was clear to me I was now riding a step up from my last worlds performance.
|riding the corner, with two people standing on the line!|
|Sunset and settling in.|
|I know what's coming..... the hard tail!|
I had got to the point where I was having to get off and fix chain suck several times a lap because of what I had done lap one. It was time to fess up. I was allowed into the tent while Shan and K cleaned the chain and looked at the bike. Good news - Shan could fix it. Bad news - he needed time.
|Good news and bad news... sounds like bad news and bad news.|
Hardtail it is. I rode it. It wasn't actually that bad. While I completed that lap (or half lap really) Shannon worked feverishly to swap out the hanger and readjust the whole rear mech - with no workstand and next to no tools. He really is one of the best in the business and when I came round he had it ready to go. Thank you.
|Fixing the hanger.|
|The night. Long and lonely.|
|Bring the dawn!!!!|
|18 hours in and still trying to find some pace....|
|Concentration 20 hours in. Is there such a thing? There better be or it hurts!|
|Belted in blankets. It's the way we roll.|
|Ilaria Balzarotti (Ita), Rach Edwards (Aus), Jane Chadwick (UK).|
|Koiled World Champs - I loved sharing this ride with my top mate Matt Powell.|
|24hours is hard on pit crews too!|
So what next? A bit of R&R .... a bit of road racing, a bit of AR, a bit of rogaining maybe.... and then a lot of preparation for 2013. WEMBO Worlds. Home turf. All my gear, exactly how I like it, no 27 hour flights. It is going to be epic.
|WEMBO 2012: 7 Aussie WCs (and a ring in).|