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The Importance of Willopower


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By Tristania - Posted on 22 February 2016

NB: Originally posted elsewhere on the Global Riders Network and appears via syndication.
Re: This ride meeting: 
James Williamson Enduro Challenge 2016
Status: 
Finished
Time: 
03:36:22
Position (Overall): 
14
Race Category: 
75km/Male/Open
Position (Category): 
12

Won't say too much here as it was relatively uneventful other than it was a great course, great event with a great atmosphere to which I am sure would make James proud.

After getting a sub-optimal start into the singletrack, I found myself alone about 7km in after taking the opportunity to get ahead of several others but with not a single other rider in view ahead of me. I was quite aware that there was (at least) one rider close behind me in the likes of Ondrej Slezak, who had become a rival of mine after beating me in the Wollombi Wild Ride, and I had every piece of determination to fend him off to the finish line, which I did do successfully, albeit only by a a matter of seconds.

Ultimately, I got caught up by another rider (whom I initially thought was Ondrej as he was in the same kit) in the final couple of hills, and, after losing ground on a technical section, was left for dead. Fortunately, that turned out to be irrelevant for he was in the masters.

I feel I had a strong ride overall on all sections of the course (singletrack, descending, climbing, firetrail) so left with immense feelings of satisfaction, as well feel that I'm a lot better at pacing myself (my laps were 1:11:13, 1:11:44 and 1:13:12 as a guide), so looking forward to the next races of the year as I get into serious training!

Well done to everyone else who showed up, will definitely be on my calendar again!

Fatboy's picture

Great result there Tristan!

StanTheMan's picture

You have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. You had a seriously talented field of riders in that race.

jp's picture

Excellent result in a very strong field Tristan.

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