The Otago Peninsula MTB event run by Otago MTB club was to be my last official event for the season, before all the famous South Otago rain, mud and snow arrived.
I participated in this ride last year (2013) not knowing anyone, this year sees me at the start line chatting to a number of people who I have met through my riding exploits throughout the last year.
Last year I took on board a few mental notes for this race….start at the back as the first ascent is not wide and is very steep. As usual, my mission was to finish the ride, and if possible beat my previous time.
This year the start line was at the same place, but I started further towards the back of the pack, the first uphill usually gets clogged with riders of various degrees of skill, and me not being the best or fastest, the ...Read More