The MONT 24 hour was the first time I have raced in a team. It was a great experience and a lot of fun. The KONA cross country team was all ready to race until 2 weeks out Simon Flower broke his collarbone then 1 week out Geoff Schilg came off his bike ending up in hospital luck to have not done too much damage. So.. we were 2 riders down. Geoff's younger David filled in and Brian.
Our 6 man team consisted of 3 old blokes (Andrew Bell, Brian Johns and myself) and 3 young blokes (Campbell Townsend, Phillip Bellingham and David Schilg). Not that we are that old but the young guys are only 18-21.
We got off to a good start but when the first results were posted we were 20 minutes down. By 1am we were only 2 minutes away from 1st place. This was when I went to bed. I was able to get 5 hours of sleep. Through the night the boys were very consistent and we tustled for the lead until morning. When I woke up it was very close. We decided I would do an extra lap as a couple of crashes and doing the laps in the wee small hours had taken it's toll on the young guys. We ended up coming away with the win 8 minutes up.