back in september, whist struggling around keilder, i met rosemary. emails have since been exchanged and some 'racing' plans made. today was the first of such outings. thankfully it was going to be much sorter than the last time we met, a trailquest in the dark peak.
the objective is the same as orienteering, visit as many check points as you can, picking up the most points and don't be late back. you just have to do it on a bike. rosemary took charge and was a brilliant navigator. all i had to do was keep up, not drop the control descriptions and make sure i bib at the check points. i managed all three but only just!
we rode some great trails, had a good laugh, gasped for breath, squeeled our brakes, didn't eat enough and made one fatal error. up and over is very rarely quicker, despite some fearless descending by rosemary. death or glory. we should at least get a prize for the most penalty points gained!
jane had a slightly more successful day of racing. running in the leg it round lathkill race, her main objective was to not come last. which she easily achieved. photographic evidence here. in fact i don't think she tried hard enough, she still energy to bake scones when she got home. me, well, my bike still needs cleaning.