Growing old disgracefully

  • mayhem 08

    Lets start with a little history lesson:

    Sleepless in the Saddle 2006: 6th place solo
    Mountain Mayhem 2007: 6th place solo
    Sleepless in the Saddle 2007: 6th place solo
    Mountain Mayhem 2008: have a chuffing guess.

    I mean really?! What’s going on?!

    Wayne’s support for the whole race – as well as being DJ in the way home – meant i didn’t die a death, despite my stomach doing it’s “I’m not allowing you to consume anything” trick again. He also kept the bikes going brilliantly so I never had to worry about slipping gears or owt like that and he steadfastly refused to complain or look miserable for the whole race. I don’t know how he does it; I’d have gone mental if some grumpy looking sod stumbled into the pits at 3am and demanded I sort the tyres out and raise the saddle a bit while he just sat there gazing vacantly at the floor!

    I’m going to moan a bit now, just to warn you

    The course started out stupidly congested and never really quietened down (i think they let too many people race TBH). It wouldn’t be so bad if everyone was experienced at racing, but a lot of the racers are “noobs” and throughout the 24hrs you’d get processions of riders 5 or 6 people long trailing each other through all the singletrack sections. This isn’t so bad when you’ve got enough energy and strength to power past the whole group, but 18hrs in I couldn’t get past that many people in one go so ended up having to tag onto the back of the conga line on several occasions. That kinda sucked.

    I’m not going to maon about how unridable the course got, because I’ve raced there 3 times now and knew exactly what it would be like. I fitted (or, more accurately, ‘Wayne fitted while i sat gazing vacantly at the floor’) 32c cyclocross tyres to the scandal as they were the only tyres that wouldn’t clog the frame with mud and that seemed to work quite well, although i’m a bit gutted that all the stodge getting pulled across the frame by the cranks managed to wear away some of the anodizing on the previously new looking frame:

    scuff marks on the chainstay


    It certainly wasn’t all bad though, the course (when ridable) was good fun…not particularly technical but fun nontheless. There was a really good vibe in the solo tent and for the most part it was the same out on the course – though i think a few people who aren’t used to racing brough some pretty crappy attitudes with them. “Team On-One” rocked, with all of us getting right up there in the results despite the conditions/stomach issues etc.

    The results are up on the mountain mayhem site for you to peruse…i dont remember taking 3hrs 13mins for 1 lap, but it does seem to have taken place in the middle of the night, so maybe that’s not too suprising!

    I’m off to eat lots of cake now, as i think i’m owed a few calories!


    10:55 am on June 24, 2008 | 12 Comments | # |


  • matt 12:36 pm on June 24, 2008 | #

    You’re really making that 6th placing your own!

    Maybe you need to find a race with only 4 other people in it 😉

  • Richard 1:11 pm on June 24, 2008 | #

    Well done, anoth great performance

    Let’s see if you can drag me to 6th place at the Open 12. They have added swimming goggles to the kit list, so I think we are going to get wet!

  • Richpips 1:32 pm on June 24, 2008 | #

    Nice one Dave. Hereafter to be know as “Number 6”

  • Simon 8:47 pm on June 24, 2008 | #

    6th again! I think they should have DQ’d you for using CX tyres though 🙂

  • matt 10:10 pm on June 24, 2008 | #

    Nothing wrong with using CX tyres

  • Wayne 11:16 pm on June 24, 2008 | #

    Without those CX tyres mr twinkly would have lost a rear mech, like most of the field!!

  • Tom 8:27 am on June 25, 2008 | #

    Well it was against the rules last time I went.
    If he ran singlespeed Dave would have no problems.

  • dgpowell 9:30 am on June 25, 2008 | #

    it’s a bit of a silly rule, as they have no problem with people running 26″ wheels using 1.2″ tyres

    they SHOULD have disqualified me for using brants silly carbon road wheels with CX tubs for a lap though 😉

  • Terry 3:10 pm on June 25, 2008 | #

    good show dave.

    cleaned bikes yet ? ive still not unpacked the car yet , ive only regained feeling in my fingers today! and i have to do a duathlon tonight !

  • matt 3:47 pm on June 25, 2008 | #

    Last time I looked at the rules it said no CX bikes… not no CX tyres.

  • Tom 7:55 am on June 26, 2008 | #

    Back in the day it was larger than 1.5″ tyres for MTB racing.
    Couldn’t really give a toss nowadays.

  • matt 1:40 pm on June 29, 2008 | #

    Mayhem’s always been “No CX bikes” as the only rule AFAIK