Reef to Reef MTB: Jonny Odams’ Rider Diary – Day 2

Car Tetris.

545am – Breakfast and packing the car straight up. The standard game of car Tetris gets in full swing. A cup of instant and we are on the way (a little behind schedule).

Race faces, but no warm up.

730am – We arrive at the race HQ for the day at Davies Mountain Bike park. Kit up and intend to do a warm up. Unfortunately we cut things a little too fine and we are straight into the start area.

8am – The start keg is banged and the race is on. Some smooth but undulating fire road  takes the race through the first half hour with a couple of creek crossings to cool off.

Briony Mattocks getting loosened up.

10am – We finish on some great singletrack sections through some ant hills. and get the stage win after riding smoothly and pacing well. This was a really enjoyable stage.

Port Douglas, here we come. Lock up your poppers.

11am – Post race interviews completed and warm down underway. Brendan goes for a long road spin and I opt for a short spin and a dip in the creek. I think all mountain bike parks should install a crystal clear watered creek for post ride relaxation. Good vibes.

12pm – Stage presentation. Car Tetris round 2.

Ah, that’s better.

1pm – The all important message to my lovely wife to let her know I am in one piece and we got the win. full tourist mode switched on at Kuranda. Burgers and thick shakes to make me feel human again. Amazing t-shirt selection I might add.

139pm – we are on the way to Port Douglas and tonight’s accomodation. Education session on electric ants after a road signs suggests we should not spread them around. They don’t like tortoises by the way.

Hello Port Douglas!

3pm – Arrive at port Douglas. Hotel score is a ten. Bike wash completed in prompt fashion to get into the pool.

5pm – Pool side review of the days stage complete aided by a few cc’s and a whole lot of laughs discussing training and other important topics.

This is racing?

6pm – dinner time with the race crew at Hemmingsway brewery Port Douglas. Good chat with team Shippy / Moderate and Team Fox and Raccoon.

730pm – Ice cream stop on the way home and it’s time to put the legs up and catch up with my wife Alyce about home life.

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