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Uphill good, downhill bad.

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Being a smaller race with a couple of big climbs, I figured this race might be my chance to get somewhere near the podium - something I've never done. I looked up last year's results and the winning time for my age group was about 2:20. So I had my target - to be under 2:30, and as close as possible to 2:20.

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Great day, great race!

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Well despite the lack of single track or technical riding, I really enjoyed this race - beautiful location, great atmosphere and a fast pace. The first climb saw us gain about 280m in elevation, and really strung out the riders. It was steeper than I expected, but that suited me as I train on hills a lot. I passed a few people on this section and felt pretty good at the top. Some very fast downhill then on to the second climb which wasn't as steep as the first, but was quite long.

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