This weekend as you know was the D2D at Thetford, our first team race although a handful of us have raced bikes in the past. I’m not one of them.
Despite all that I think we put up a creditable performance in no small part thanks to everyone’s impressive efforts. Team Muddy Moles One (myself, Barrie, Colin and Jem) came in 29th in the men’s four-man category of 70 teams while Team Muddy Moles 2 (Mark, Lee, Tony and Dave) placed 62nd.
Jez was in a class of his own and ended up 65th of around 130 solo male riders, managing 8 laps which equates to around 85 miles of the taxing Thetford course. Serious respect to Jez our walking zombie, and respect to Mark too for doing much more than he expected with limited training.
Some initial thoughts:
- That was hard work!
- No matter how fast you go, it hurts just the same
- We are a relatively closely matched bunch of riders
- Thank you to Barrie for actually going out on that last lap!
- Passing and dropping riders is a thrill even if they’re solo-ists and you’re on a one lap special
- Contrary to what you’d think, the time you go out on the course and the time of night it is does not have a big effect on your lap time
- Pre-race anticipation levels are amazing
- The race is both great fun and the most miserable time you’ve ever had on a bike
- We got lucky with the weather; sunrise made it worthwhile
- Jem’s caravan, van and sundry equipment was a God-send. They’d have arrived quicker if they hadn’t stopped to tarmac a few driveways on the way up mind you
- We have excellent catering staff!
There’s loads more but we’ll follow all this up over the next few days. For now, thanks to all for a great weekend and some great laughs (photos of Thetford D2D 2009 are on Flickr).
Race laps and times
Courtesy of Timelaps who provided the race time management.
|Final position:||29 of 70|
|Final position:||62 of 70|
|Final position:||65 of 130|