Race day we loaded up the bikes in Ian’s truck and headed to the start at Glendhu Bay, about 10 miles from Ian’s house. There are 1800 rides so start times are staggered based on your predicted time for the race.
The video below gives you a pretty good idea of what things looked like the day of the race. It’s made from still pictures taken with our phones and the GoPro mounted on the back of my bike seat.
Motatapu is 29 miles (about 50k) and about 3300ft of climbing. The first 20 miles are mostly up and the last 10 are mostly down. You can see the Strava data for the race here or look at the video below.
I wanted to finish the race in under 3 hours and ended up with a time of 3:02. My right leg cramped with 6k left in the race and I stopped to help a crash victim with about 3k left. Those stops cost me 5 minutes or more. I learned later that they’ll take time from your results if you can verify that you helped someone, but I didn’t stick around to get a name. I just pulled his bike from the water, made sure he was pretty ok and then headed for the finish. The cramp was the worst. I thought I was done, but after waiting a couple of minutes, I started pedaling with one leg. After about a quarter mile, I was able to pedal slowly with both legs. I had to be careful and go slow for the remainder of the race (including about 10 long water crossings).
A little more experience racing would have helped, I think. I’m still not sure when to push and when to back off and I needed more electrolytes earlier in the face. As it is, I finished 42nd of around 400 in our age category.
They do a great job organizing the event and we all had a great time (once the legs stop burning). You can get more information about the race here.