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Gorrick Saddle Skedaddle Spring 3

Spring Series 3

Crowthorne Woods, Bracknell - 7th March 2010

I'm going to call this one the 'dribbly, blood-filled-lungs, disaster' race! The adventure all began at 7am when the family got up and prepared to leave the house. Inevitably we left 15 minutes later but wasn't the end of the world; I knew exactly where I was going.

55 minutes later we were still on the road and no closer to finding the middle of Crowthorne wood. Maybe I wasn't sure where it was after all! Luckily we arrived just before the under 10's girls race was about to start and with a bit of a sprint, Beth and would make it to the start line... except Beth had forgotten her gloves! Oh, what an unfortunate series of events.

Perhaps if I hadn't felt so ill on Saturday I would have been able to give the race the forethought it needed. Well, after sitting in Sainsbury's for an hour we came back and I prepared my bike for my race - including my new wireless cycle computer which was to keep me focused on my average speed and give me that extra 'competitive edge'.

12:15 came and by 12:16 I realised that my flegmy chest, runny nose and lethargy did not equal a good recipe for racing. The course was relatively short but 100% singletrack with loads of bermy switchback, root steps and drops. Later, the buzz was how great the course was. And it really was... just not for me. I was flagging after the first hill struggling to find even an ounce of upper body strength to throw the bike into the dips and corners. I ended up riding like an 80 year old after a hip replacement and being told that gentle exercise might be ok! 

It's not a huge surprise that I came 60th out of 75 riders. It's a frustrating result but I have a good excuse!

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GPS Data

Total Distance: 12.07 km (7.5 mi)
Total Time: 1:13:17
Moving Time: 1:02:01
Average Speed: 9.97 km/h (6.2 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 11.68 km/h (7.3 mi/h)
Max Speed: 39.60 km/h (24.6 mi/h)
Min Elevation: 154 m (505 ft)
Max Elevation: 190 m (624 ft)
Elevation Gain: 238 m (780 ft)
Max Grade: 4 %
Min Grade: -9 %
Recorded: Sun Mar 07 12:12:02 GMT+01:00 2010

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