The mont 24hr is done and dusted and whilst it was a hard weekend i certainly miss it now.
We started by finding a nice camp spot and settling in.
Once we settled in we got hungry and started on the pasta and snags.
With our hunger sedated we waited for the last remaining team members to turn up before heading to our respective tents where much hilarity ensued mostly from felix’s activity in his tent. Sleeping was hard with the crazy Canberra weather and we were all glad the next morning when the sun came back up.
After some light breakfast everyone was busily attending to their own bikes in preparation for the start of the race. Once that was all done we found sometime and took a team picture with a few team members missing.
The event was massive and the atmosphere at the start was just insane.
After the start i headed off to take some racing pics for our team members but realised that looking out for 1 rider every 1hr was a very hard thing to do. I ended up only taking Timmy’s picture to a satisfactory level and missed everyone else!
I headed back to our camp soon after being repeatedly raped by mozzies and returned to a relatively cheery camp.
Edging closer to nighttime i headed off once again to try and grab some pics. I understood that i had no where near enough equip to take adequate shots in pitch black darkness but was happy to experiment and also soak up the experience since i was not racing.
Once i had enough shots i headed back to camp to find people discussing who and where and how to take transitions and at this point i volunteered to help organise everything. It was a good experience and i was destined to not sleep during the whole night in trying to arrange our team roster.
Morning came again and everyone was looking buggered but that did not stop them going out for those final laps.
There was a lot of shuffling team order around and since we only had 3 man for a 4 man team it required some recruiting too. Nothing is as hard as waking a team member up from sleep at the wee hours of the morning and trying to coax them into a lap in freezing temps and wearing wet *from dew* gloves, helmets, and team jerseys. At the end of it all it luckly worked out quite well and i am glad both our teams finished our first 24hr race! That in itself is an achievement and something that i am very proud of even though i did not race. The determination from all the team members made it clear what our common goal is even in the face of adverse weather conditions and lack of sleep.
With the 24hr done and dusted we headed back to Sydney and dropped by hungry jacks for our obligatory stuffing.
Finally congratulations to everyone for completing the 24hr. It is an massive achievement and with some riders clocking 108kms of total riding it is nothing to be scoffed at! Bring on the Scott 24hr i say!!!!
More pictures here.