So that was flachau bike night!
It scooped us up and spat us out. What an amazing mountain biking event, brilliantly organised, great fun, a little bit crazy and great to be part of. To give you a quick insiders view, the aim is to do as many laps as possible in a two-hour time frame. The course is 4.5km long and involves a climb of 200m in each round. The course starts in the centre of Flachau and climbs out of the village up to the Hermann Maier (FIS) downhill piste. It is a mix of “off-road – on trail” as the climb takes you up out of the village, with several switch backs and steeper sections. Once the climb is completed, you head across a bark section and onto the grass (before we set off for qualifying, we had heavy rain, thunder and lighting which made this downhill section just a little more challenging!). Once you have negotiated the grass, you make your way through the back of Flachau, over some small bridges, along several sections of single track and back to the start, via a few obstacles, piles of logs, short steep turns and tree roots.
The Pros (there are a few world champions in the field), fly round as if it’s a normal way to spend a Saturday night, Goldboy (my partner in crime for this event) and I went for a more moderated approach of, lets just stay alive and have fun. After one hour, the pain started to show on the faces of the contestants and Goldboy and I were both facing the definitive wall. We will climb over the wall, we said, we will beat the weather/other contestants/course and concor all! We manged some of those goals .. both surviving the two hours and enjoying it. By new year no doubt we will have upgraded bikes and all the gear, but when you’re in the thick of it, all that matters is determination and enjoyment.
The Haus Wasserbauer team would like to thank Andrew “Goldboy” Golby for stepping up and making an epic journey across most of Europe to tackle what proved to be a massivley rewarding challenge. On the thankyous, Goldboy and I would like to thank our support crew for the Day, Vikki and Boo for unwavering commitment to the project.