After the assault on the 2012 Strathpuffer Lite: http://nefifemtb.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/fifeing-eejit-4-strathpuffer-lite.html
It was time to take on its Big Brother, the Strathpuffer 24.
In addition to the team I also found myself the owner of a 1991 Talbot Express camper van, and even managed to rope my Dad into joining us for the jolly.
|The Camper in the Snow on the Drumochter climb|
|Wes exiting the singletrack above the camper onto the icy fireroad|
|Finishing my 2nd lap|
Although Ice Spike tyres seemed to be all but compulsory, that doesn't stop some from trying to race without them, although one team were seen passing our camper having purchased 2 new sets of Ice Spikes at £80 an end from Square Wheels in the Marquee, some of those did stay on their bikes without them.
Alex continued and set our fastest laps of the race at 48 minutes and 53 minutes and arrived reporting that the fire road was beginning to de-ice and that the rest of the track was pretty much ice free.
|Al passing on the way to completing his first lap.|
When Niall took over in Darkness he retained the spiked tyres for the laps although conditions would have allowed a normal tread to be used, however since they were working they were kept on and lap times of 1hr and 1hr 6 mins and Alex completed laps of 1hr 7 and 1 hr 12 on normal tyres for rooty/rocky conditions.
Disaster struck for Alan as his bike broke taking 1hr and 50 mins for his 1 darkness lap and was bundled off to sleep out of the way while Wes hurriedly got ready Although taking 1hr 43 minutes to do his lap there was 30 minutes of downtime in him getting ready, a strategic failure as Niall was in a Snoozing state while Alex was sitting ready to go again albeit asleep! Unfortunately Wes then took 2 hours and 6 minutes for the next lap despite having fully working lights it was hammering it down with rain during that lap and he returned reporting it was “very muddy”.
Niall then set off to complete another lap in 1 hour followed by Alex completing the final lap in 1 hour and 11 minutes.
|Wes gets stuck into some food|
|Jon Brooke captures this fantastic shot of Niall at the |
summit of Haribo Hill as daylight broke on the Sunday morning
|Oldest and Youngest Entrants|
In addition to achieving a "Not Last" Wes was awarded the prize for youngest entry at the age of 14 and 8 days, he was joined on the podium by the oldest entrant, if I can still move my legs in a walking motion unaided let alone cycle by his age I'll be happy.
Will I do this event again next year?
Next Year? I'll be back to do the Lite solo, and see about a Pair for the 24 for 2014.
|Waiting for Wes to complete his first laps|
|Sunday somepoint after the finish, event T-Shirt group shot|