We awoke on Saturday morning to perfect weather for some mountain bike racing in Bendigo. The Golden Triangle is now a National XCM event which has 3 different distances on offer from 50k, 100k & 150k giving everyone a chance to try there hand at some racing. Whether you are novice, elite or season veteran.
Choosing to do the 100k and going on the last two experiences of this event we knew it was going to be a tough day. Still having less Ks in the legs from previous years the plan was to go out at a steady pace and use it as a training race to add some solid kms the legs.
Two laps of this course differently tests the best of us as there is no real rest as it’s mostly single track with a quiet a few rocky sections, punchy climbs which turns back on itself regularly making you wonder sometimes if your heading in the right direction. Luckily the trails where marked well and you just needed to follow the markers.
Bec was happy to land on the podium in a solid field especially since she was cramping with 40kms ago which made for some interesting positions on the bike so she could make finishing line.
Ren crashed heavy in one of the dusty corners after losing her front wheel, she pulled the pin at 50 with some swelling to the knee.
The Bendigo mtb club have done a great job at manicuring the trails and making them flow as much as possible. Given that Bendigo is renowned for there rocks and dust they really have done a great job and the trails are just getting better and better.
More importantly the event village had a great assortment of food and drink after the event which is sometimes the most important thing especially with us mountain bikers.
A great event that has a lot of support from the Bendigo mtb community which has helped this event grow from year to year.