This was pretty long - from the boats we went upppppp a sharp long climb, then doowwwwwwn back to lake level - and we still weren't at the checkpoint!
I have two bikes - a hardtail and a full suspension. I chose the later - but especially on the road it was the wrong choice. Even when the trails were tougher I don't think I benefitted that much from the suspension, and it's so much heavier and plush - just hard to really hammer.
Worse, my rear skewer was loose - not sure how the hell that happened! Realized it about 10km into the bike.
The course started on gravel, then a lonnnnng paved section. Finally some gravel roads, then horrible horrible horrible gunky mud. I was really hating life at that point - we still had 10km to go, and if it was going to be 10km of that? Uggggh.
But then we transitioned to a much better ATV road - 7.5km of that. It was hilly and rough but very rideable, lots of fun at times. Hills were eating me up though!!!
Then ... disaster. Near disaster, anyway!
There was supposed to be a checkpoint (unmanned) at the trail junction. We flew by a trail junction, there were a couple cars there, and my partner heard someone who was stopped on their bike say it wasn't the checkpoint...
Of course, it was. I looked at the map and our direction and finally convinced myself 100% about 5 minutes later... so that cost us 9 minutes round trip back.
Disaster - except almost everyone missed it! I couldn't believe how many people we saw circling back - some from far, far further away. So what cost us about 9 minutes cost other teams 20, 30, etc.
The bike ended on some singletrack at Sir Sam's, which was kind of fun, but so muddy still from the extended spring and rain. Too bad, it looked like it could have been a hoot. I think a lot of the plans the organizer had were squashed by conditions, unfortunately.