MuleBar, Steve Day, Mountain Mayhem, energy bar, sports nutrition, protein bar, kicks, energy gels

MuleBar, Steve Day, Mountain Mayhem, energy bar, sports nutrition, protein bar, kicks, energy gels

MuleBar, Steve Day, Mountain Mayhem, energy bar, sports nutrition, protein bar, kicks, energy gels
" Mountain Mayhem 2014 – the 17th running of the world longest running & biggest 24-hour race took place in Princess Anne's back garden at Gatcombe Park... and what a weekend for it (if you like riding in the heat!).
I took the day off on Friday to get down there early and grab a pitch trackside (and there was over a kilometer of it) and grab a sighting lap. What an excellent job Pat Adams and his team had done with the course since last year... gone were the monster climbs from last year, instead replaced with 7 miles of (mainly wooded) trails & track with the odd bit to catch out those not paying attention. Friday evening was a relaxed affair, watching the sun go down with friends, a few beers and a cheese board supplied by the Godiva Trailriders Dutch contingent (thanks to Luc & Marja).
As 12 o’clock approached on Saturday, it was obvious it was going to be a scorcher, so decided no camel back this year to help try to keep things cool. I also decided to start the run from up near the front to avoid getting snarled up in the trails on the first lap – things went well and the riding through the trees made the heat bearable, and the coating of dust that gathered kept the sunburn away. A rhythm of a bottle a lap and then a stock up on mule bars/gels every 3 worked well. The first 6 hours saw myself and David Powel of JMC swapping places regularly, however it was not good to see Julian Ryder of Swinnerton Cycles retiring so early – not a happy man. It was good to keep bumping into fellow Mules Matt Carr & Will Simpson out on the trails, together the rest of the Godiva teams/solos and the amazing support/heckling from the spectators – especially those at the Retrobike end of the campsite!
As evening approached, the night seemed to take a long time to take over, and then didn’t hang around for long. A quick change of kit saw through until early morning and settled into a 3rd place battle with Michael Pluckrose. However as Sunday kicked in and the temperature started to climb again,I started to feel the pain of pretty much non-stop riding off road on a rigid singlespeed and lap times started to tail off and a 4th place looked settled. As the 24th hour kicked in, it was clear another lap was out of reach, together with claiming a 3rd place, but regardless of this I still feel I had achieved something special with a total of 30 laps completed, 210 miles and 27500+ft of climbing gaining 4th overall, 4th singlespeed (solo & teams) and 1st solo singlespeed. I was also really pleased to get back the Nick Wallis perpetual trophy for the 3rd time (1st solo singlespeed). Also, big respect to the top 3 solos of Jason Miles (JMC – 33 laps), Richard Dunnet (CCN – 33 laps) & Michael Pluckrose (31 laps). Thanks to all at MuleBar for providing me with the sports nutrition"

MuleBar, Steve Day, Mountain Mayhem, energy bar, sports nutrition, protein bar, kicks, energy gels

MuleBar, Steve Day, Mountain Mayhem, energy bar, sports nutrition, protein bar, kicks, energy gels
"Looking forward to the 3-peaks now – singlespeed of course!"

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  • June 25, 2014
  • jimmy Mulebar
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