The previous year's event was well organised and this year was even better. The support at the water stops was like clock work and the trail all rideable.
The Super Downhill at the beginning was brilliant and lots of fun. My Stumpy 29er hardtail was almost perfect, except for the rough and fast hard-packed plantation fire roads which was harsh without rear suspension. I got lost twice but found my way back into the groove quickly.
Hammer Endurolytes, Gels, Perpetuem Solids, a couple of bananas and a bottle of water consumed religiously every hour ensured that I was properly nourished and hydrated, no cramps despite the oppressive heat.