The first mountain bike race

Last weekend we took part in our first mountain bike race as a Das Rad Klub team. The challenge was the 8 hour Oktoberfest race at the very local Ashton Court. The forecast wasn't great for the race, and as predicted, the morning was cold & wet. Cuff took on the huge Le Mans style start on the main gravel drive through the grounds, and then put in his first couple of laps in horrible weather. The sun came out later on & our afternoon laps were all done under blue sky, in little more than a jersey & bibs. We all put in some consistent lap times, and despite Neil loosing his glasses early on, he continued to put in solid lap times for the team. By the time the 8th hour was up we had completed 15 laps, and come home with 9th place. Not bad for the first time we've done something like this together, looking forward to more of these next year! Below are some mediocre iPhone photos from the day.