The feedback from the last post on the Scott 25 hour race was supportive of my dot pointed approach. In fact, I had 66% of the Rockstar team members let me know that they liked it.
So....I will go with that approach for the Husky 100km race which was held on Sunday the 27th of October.
- It is called the Husky 100, however, it is not even at Huskisson. That is flat out, just misleading. It is at Callala Beach. Callala is almost like saying 'Koala'. Almost, but not really.
- Before I had woken up on Saturday morning, my teammate Andrew Hall had emailed me asking what the plan was for the day.
- The response: Drive, recce, registration, Thai, sleep.
- Drive down via Braidwood. Check out the rock formations.
- Back 20km course recce.
- Noted that there were numerous sticks out on course. Probably close to a million.
- I reckon there were more than last year. I cannot quantify that, it is more of a gut feeling.
- No bottle drops this year. Camelbak was dusted off, and filled up. I don't think I have ever run a Camelbak ever in a race.
- Some pretty handy people had entered this race. I never underestimate anyone, but I had my eyes on a handful of guys.
- My 3rd Husky. In previous years I had placed 6th and 9th.
- Hotel was good, but bed was crap, so only 3 hours of actual sleep the night before.
- Race started at 7am.
- Matt Fleming, who was a previous winner, set the initial pace, and ultimately rode off the front.
- Initial 2nd selection behind Matt was made in the first 5 minutes!
- Andrew Hall 'flipped a biscuit'. The biscuit being himself in a small gully.
- 100 metres later, I copped a stick in the rear derailleur which stripped the small outer gear cable and ripped the chain out of the derailleur.
- 15 seconds and I was back on the bike and amazingly fortunate to a) be rolling, b) have almost all my gears working, and c) be able to get back up to to the pack.
- We catch sight of Fleming at about the 50km mark.
- Chalker wonders if we are doing a 110km race - because we see a 60km to go sign!
- Hall overshoots a turnoff.
- Hall hugs a tree with his kneecap. Harnesses a fair bit of HTFU to get going again.
- Overtake Fleming who has binned it on a singletrack corner
- At the 65km mark Chalker and I ride off up a fireroad and turn around to see no one behind us.
- So....we decide to drive on
- At the 75km mark, we look back to see Hall chasing us down after 'TreeGate'
- Chalker attacks when Hall was withing 50m - good move. I cover it doing the 'teammate' tactical move.
- Hall eventually gets on.
- Hall drives it fast along the return fireroad
- Chalker attacks again at the 85km mark
- I get on Chalker's wheel.
- Chalker drops a chain up a blocky rocky climb at the 86km mark.
- I go through. Look around to see no one following. Quick decision made. ITT time.
- Drill myself for 20 minutes to close out the 100km.
- Cross the line in first place absolutely elated in a time just over 4 hours.
- Chalker and Hall cross the line shortly thereafter.
- Stoked for a Cannondale-Sugoi 1-3. Hall provided critical support during the race.
- Kylie wins 50km race - legend!
- Clean up, pack up, drive home.
- Board plane bound for London!
- 30 hour transit time. #jetlagged
Another great life experience notched up. Fantastic times had with good crew in a really nice location. I was just happy that the course was dry - a first. To win was an absolute bonus against a bunch of in-form guys who can not ever be underestimated.
The bike of choice was my Cannondale F29er. Needless to say, it was great. I love this bike.
Next up - fly home on Friday, then prepare for the Highland Fling!