posted on June 24, 2008 00:32
Colwall Rotary at the Mountain Mayhem (21st/22nd June)
Colwall Rotary Riders triumph against the elements
Colwall Rotary Mayhem Riders Tony Brook, Russell Horton, John Remmington,David and Katie Watson battled through wind, rain and mud to finish in the top 84% of teams in the 24hr Mountain Mayhem at the weekend - "pretty good for old folks in their first competition" as Russell said.
Over 1850 solo riders and teams took part in the world's biggest mountain bike festival in the scenic splendour of Eastnor deer park.
The professional teams were aiming to complete up to 30 circuits of the 10 mile course through woods, twists and turns,up steep hills and down technically challenging steps and jumps.
Tony took the second circuit after John sprinted Rotary Riders into the Le Man style start at 2.00pm on Saturday but immediately ran into trouble with a puncture. Katie and then David followed, into an increasingly gloomy evening.
While Russell needed his home made "krieg" lights for his session, in the process almost blinding dozens of the other competitors, Alan Bridge performed sterling service on the BBQ, feeding the assembled Club supporters
Tony had the worst of it when the heavens opened shortly after he set off at 11pm and he took nearly 3 hours to get round.
As he told me afterwards "It was hell out there - I had to stop every 20yds to clear the mud from the bike."
Conditions were so bad that, like most teams, our Rotary Riders took a break for a couple of hours until Sunday dawned and John resumed our relentless charge.
Midday saw Russell pounding around again, while Katie stormed round to almost complete a 12th and final circuit by the 2pm finish.
What a spectacle! What a triumph! What a battle over multiple adversity! Just proves that not all Rotarians are old farts!
And lots of dosh for our hospice charities - RESULT!
Fantastic team. Fantastic club