Despite the bleak forecast the SDBA reported over 140 riders braving the mud, and slick roots. Touted as one of the hardest races of the season the former Cat Scratch Fever XC separates the weak from the tough. In abundance were rocks and roots, and for the A riders a long, technical uphill and two challenging enduro sections. Yet despite the arduous conditions riders came out in droves to compete and face the elements knowing that by the end of the race the word ‘tired’ would be a huge understatement. Perhaps because it is a well organised event, and spectators encourage and support the riders cheering, helping and urging them on. Or perhaps it’s because it is the first event of the year and competitors are eager to begin the race season. What ever the reason it’s apparent that this is a race to attend and in the end the challenges it presents only serve to help a rider become stronger, more skilled and ready to tackle the rest of the season.
Many thanks are extended to Steve Klassen and Ted Blow for helping me find my way around the course. It is indeed a photographers dream (eye candy). Finally, kudos to ALL the volunteers who worked unselfishly before and after the event – without you there is no race. Love you all!!