|Who's this unsavoury looking character at the end of November?|
It was a chilly morning with the mercury (or whatever the car dashboard uses) hovering just above freezing. The 8-mile race route heads east out of Castleton over Westerdale Moor before a lap of Baysdale and a return over Westerdale before the uphill finish (argh!). It's all very runnable with 4 short but sharp climbs.
|Something like this but with a different start/finish making the race a bit shorter than advertised (Esk Valley)|
|Climb 3 out of Hob Hole in Baysdale (Mick Garratt, geograph.or.uk)|
|At the Start (Clive from Esk Valley)|
|Cameron leads 2km in (Clive from Esk Valley). The gap stayed about this distance right until the end.|
I took the lead with a better line to the Splash, but Cam got me on the climb out (see above picture). A few different lines on the way back across Westerdale didn't make much difference, but my new rubber told on the descent to the bottom of the final climb as we came together. However I knew what was going to happen and, sure enough, Cam pissed off up the hill and left me staggering up in his wake. Cam got a new record, about 30 seconds ahead of me. The boy's good!
|New X-talons = can now run down hill like I want to!|
More hill work needed!