Whoah, where to start...
What a great week end!
Drove up with Chris Cooney and Stephen Wilde late friday night.
We pulled in to the Greenstone camping site to find Trevor and co sipping a few cold ones around a blazing fire. Stephen and I decided to pitch our tents, while Chris set up his van before chiling around the fire.
A few beers later we hoped into our sleeping bags, long week end in front of us!
Was going to save my energy for the DH on sunday, but seeing as the XC course was short and sweet, decided to race it after all. After a couple of cups of freshly ground coffee (thanks Chris!), Mitchell and I headed over to the start line. First the groms, then us. To Trevor's signal, we took off... Brandon, myself and Mitchell taking the lead. The course was fun: a mix of loamy singletrack, a few rooty climbs, fast 'pinning it' doubletrack, short steep tacky climbs, muddy off camber traverses and minimal fire road sections. Under an hour later, Brandon punched through the finish line first, 40 seconds later it was my turn, and Mitchell rounded out the top three. Good times!
Sat afternoon was spent just hanging out around the camp fire, socializing with the cute registration girls, and just having a good time. In the meanwhile Chris went motoing in the hills.
That night: NWD movie premiere, rewards ceremony, bonfire, lots of beer...
Sunday morning, Stephen, Mitchell, myself and a few others got a first and last pre race run. Thanks to Brian for the shuttle!
What an unreal course... i was blown away. A perfect mix of all you could imagine: gnarly slimy steeps, fast loamy singletrack, high speed drifting sweepers, ruts galore, some hike-a-bikes, rocks, roots, ...!
Few hours later, back to the top of the hill, a few minutes until my run. Mitchell dropped in first. A minute and a half later my turn to go. Sketchy run, went off line in the steeps, went off course up a fireroad, but tried to make up some time on the pedally parts... either way, was very stoked to race on such a wicked course!
Ended up being the last of the only four times under twenty minutes, behind Derek, Joe and Johnathan.
The Full Boar Challenge 05 was a complete success. We all had a blast.
BIG THANKS to the Full Boar Crew for organizing such a great event! Trevor and all the volunteers did an awsome job at having everything run smoothly! Props!
The HUKK Team is looking very much forward to next year's event and to hang out with the Full Boar Crew in '06!