Mountain Bike Mash Ups

Gra has been getting down & dirty – here is a quick round up of his results.




Sunday 21 September 2014 – Offcamber MTB Series Round 1
3 laps on a new course & my splits are as follows:
1st lap – 26:15, 2nd lap – 26:48, 3 lap – 27:24
Total time – 1:20:29
38th out 94 competitors
Sunday 19 October 2014 – Offcamber MTB Series Round 2
Again, 3 laps but the course had been slightly changed from the previous round, & my splits are as follows:
1st lap – 30:20, 2nd lap 30:39, 3rd lap 30:45
Total time – 1:31:45
29th out of 85 competitors
Sunday 2 November 2014 – Wareham Forest XC Enduro
2 hour Enduro race on a different course to last year.  This is the only race I know of that hands beer up after every lap!!!  I didn’t accept.  Completed 5 laps in 1hr 57min so off I went to complete my 6th lap.  The results are as follows:
Total time – 2:21:07
9th overall on standard MTB out of 67.  There were 96 competitors in total which included single speed bikes, cross bikes & fat bikes.
PS:  I can’t believe that I came 9th.
Saturday 15 November – Purbeck Hill a Saurus – MTB Sportive
Distance: 26 miles
Elevation: 1758 ft
Difficulty Rating: 4/5
This is my second time of doing this event.  I enjoyed it so much last year that I had to come back & do it again.  2hr 30min of good climbing, tricky descents, lots of mud & two x bottom bracket deep streams to cross.  Great fun.
Sunday 16 November 2014 – The Bitter Beast Sportive located at the National Tank Museum, Bovington
Distance: 70 miles
Elevation: 4176 ft
Difficulty Rating: 4/5
This was going to be the first real test of the Winter as it was a 70 mile event over the Purbecks including the climbs of Creech and Kingston to name but two.  I haven’t ridden this distance since September 2011 when I did Ironman Wales.  It was an extremely wet day but thankfully not that windy & to my surprise, I got round in 4hr 15mins.

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