Time was sent through on the willy wave hotline from the trail but heres the proof ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Now whilst im made up to knock 5 mins off my previous time, this has raised a few questions!!!
The previous time was done on my so called XC bike with just a multitool & tube being carried, The bike is around 3lbs lighter, Has narrower lighter tyres, The conditions for that run were cold & frozen ground and generally quite fast rolling. Now today was my new bikes maiden voyage since i built it and was supposed to be a test really to play with the air pressures in the forks & shock and get a feel for it, but by the time i had got to the berm at the top of the climb i was around 90 seconds quicker than what i was originally, so it was game on for a wave!!! Whist the conditions were very muddy & gloopy in a lot of places & there was a lot of traffic up there today too with plenty of trips up the bank to get past people without too much reduction in pace!!!. I was carrying a camelbak with a litre of water in it, Shock pump, mini track pump, repair kit, multitool etc phone & ipod etc etc, the bike has a 2.4 mountain king on it, and generally not as free rolling as the scalpel So why so much difference with a lot of the things against me setting a good time i go & smash it by 5 mins!!! Just goes to show you dont need lighter gear to be faster. Whatever it is i wish i could time it right when theres an enduro to be done
it was certainly a lot quicker on the down hill stuff compared to the scalpel, didnt feel that bad climbing either, The garmin data doesnt really shed much light on it either, just my HR was more constant & i was concious about pushing just that little bit too much on the climbs out of the black in case i blew up towards the end!!!! Well as always you enjoy it when you finish