I rode this race in 2010 and it was wet and muddy, I’ve always wanted to go back and this year Ali fancied racing as a pair. It’s handy for us as her mum lives an hour away from Thetford Forest so we have somewhere to stay and someone to feed us before the event. Ali realised on the day of the event that she hadn’t ridden in the dark since last winter but assured her she would be fine. Thanks to Shaun she had an Exposure 6pack to light her way.
I was told I was doing the first lap which including a starting loop. I worked as hard as I could and didn’t have much traffic in the singletrack. Handing over to Ali and she flew round. One more single lap each and I went out for a double, we stayed on doubles then as it was so cold we were only warming up when nearly at the end of the lap. We were the only female pairs so we set ourselves a target of beating all the women’s teams. We had a really close race with the women who won the team event but in the end we got the gap and I finished it off by riding an extra lap at the end.