Participated and completed in my 2nd XPD Race (the 3rd overall) in the Whitsundays.
The course map is as follows:
Here is our team:
Bio is located here
We finished 16th over the line. Overall a good race. For me, it wasn’t as “scenic” as Tasmania (my first XPD) and the journey route wasn’t as adventurous. But the journey and the whole pushing the body to the limits had it’s milestones. We had some good legs and some crap legs, I’ll only try to remember the good ones!
Good to see we made the media shots too:
Things for the organisers to note for next time:
- Wiers: They shouldn’t be included in race courses or at least get the warning correct to racers
- Get the story consistent between the officials and the race directors.
Things for me to note:
- Don’t fly Jetstar – they cost me a bucketload with excess charges (bike / paddle)
- Know your team mates well before starting.
Although the race was also tainted by the officials changing the rules on us halfway causing us (and may others) to be disqualified – I’ll still hold onto the 16th over the line.
Also, a good friend of mine, Justin Francis has made a video of the preparation, racing and post race. I have found it the best bit of media of any adventure race and if you get a chance to see it, I highly recommend it.
21-22 April 2007
Thought I would go into this this event as training for some of my other races. With hardly any preparation and thought about it, I ventured down to Kooralbyn (2 hour drive) to do the event.
Getting to the halfway point of the drive down and realised I had left my bike lights at home – bit difficult to do a night race in the dark! So I hooted back home to get the lights and made it back in time for the start.
I had also left my slick rear tyre on – but I thought this would be ok…
This was my first 24 mtb challenge so I had no idea what to expect, but after a couple of laps I soon realised the event was not for me
- My hardtail mountain bike did not give much comfort on the course!
- I soon got tired of the course, although I didn’t go around it too many times, I need a bit of variety in my rides!
- I think it was a bit ambitious doing the event solo with no idea about what to expect for course and its repetition.
During the race I managed to keep going until dark – to utilise the lights I drove an extra 80kms for! Then did another lap, and then made a call to call it quits for the night. With no accommodation booked (I was going to share with Brian and co, but I couldn’t find them when I was after them) so I decided to bail and go home. This was at about 8pm So after driving another 100kms I made it home, and Lisa made me a lovely pasta dish, and then I went and had a snooze. So at 4am I decided that I had enough sleep, picked up my roughies and ventured back down to Kooralbyn to do another 2 laps.
Not a memorable event for me, but some more experience and stories to tell.
Results are located here