120 miles to go to to an Enduro (must be mad) lol.
Swindon MCC were running and staging this at Cirencester Park which is part of the Bathurst Estate and what a cracking venue and course, 16 miles with a 4 mile special stage which had to be done twice.
I was entered in the Sportsman class and started at 10.25 and had 70 minutes to complete 1 lap including the special stage but only timed on lap 2 and 3. I started steady and really tried to memorise the course as best I could especially the special stage. Made the lap with 10 minutes spare so refuelled and watered.
Off I went for lap 2 which I had 60 minutes which included special timed stage of 4 miles, the bike was running great and really getting the hang of her now. I seemed to overtake a few riders and no-one had passed me, so I thought I was doing OK. Got to special stage and had to queue for a few minutes and then came across a fallen rider for whom I stopped but he said he was just winded and told me to carry on. Finished the lap with 5 minutes to spare and had quick refuel and water .
Lap 3 allowance was another 60 minutes. The special test went a lot smoother and seemed to fly (for me that is) round, this time I had a whole 10 minutes to spare when I finished lap.
The last lap was down to 36 minutes but they had removed a special stage and I concentrated very hard and made no mistakes and got round with 2 minutes spare.
WHAT A RESULT....... No crashes/falls.... Met all time restraints.....Bike was superb and did not miss a beat.....Never got overtaken once..... Fantastic course of 16 miles which in parts was fast and flowing then it went all trialsy then all slippery and the woods were awesome, a very varied mixture and I finished 4th in class am well happy and really was not expecting to do so well. I do prefer the Time Card enduros over the Hare n Hounds format.
Erika had a good time too taking some photos www.teamsnapper.co.uk