Unfortunately, catching up with old friends took more time than we expected. "Shall we go to the start?", "OK", so we looked out the tent and several hundred riders were queuing up already. Bugger. So I filed in near the back, bit the biggest bit I could muster as firmly between my teeth as I could I got ready to give it all the beans.
The race was a blur! Madness from the start (see photo above), I never saw Gav for more than 2 seconds between laps and we never knew where we were or what the split to the other guys was. We were gaining places every lap it seemed, imagine our surprise when were found out e were heading towards a podium finish. We had hoped for top 10, perhaps, if everybody else fell off!.
Big high-5's all round, we stood on the podium a little stunned and more than a little happy!
2nd place: My first podium finish - I'd arrived