A pre-lap of the course confirmed what was promised: tons of flowy singletrack through a beautiful estate - something I am more used to see in the UK actually. The longest climb was done on switchback singletrack - possibly the only way to take the sting out of it.
Enjoying the flowy single-track along the top section (photo credit: Richie Byrne)
The race itself was good fun. I had raced a hard 100km road race the day before, and went into the G-ride with tired legs and mind. I went hard for the first 2 out of 4 laps and eased off for the last 2 laps, trying to improve my technical skill and ride all the singletrack smoothly.
I recommend having a look at the trails when they are officially open if you didn't get a chance to race!
Now recovery week before flying to Sherwood (= less cycling, more PhD :)).
Results available here.
Thanks as well to Sean for the lift and his superb racing support service and Stew for lend and delivery of helmet and gloves!!!