Pickering Forest – post race comment from the planner, Dave Evans

Had we made the course too large and consequently too hard for most people? This was the question Garry Wright and I discussed all morning and most of the afternoon, until the arrival of the first riders (who unbelievably were smiling, or was that a pained expression?).
When we rode the course in March the ground was dry and the tracks fast, but after Friday’s control setting in pouring rain on top of the wettest April on record, we realised that this was going to be a mudbath. The bike wash at the finish dealt with the mud and the comfort of a cafe serving drinks, soup and cakes should have relieved the pain for some of you!
I’m not quite sure how Andrew Windrum managed his score, but it was truly phenomenal. Well done to everyone who took part and a big thank you to those who helped collect the controls at the end of the race.

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