I don't race. I'm just a trundly commuter and occasional CTC club run rider. But one of my mates managed to persuade me to ride the bike leg of the Hairy Legs Challenge in Goring today. 5k run, 20k bike, 5k run, either as individuals or as teams. After the first running leg we were in 57th place out of about 120, not too disgraceful as the first runner is a 40-odd year old asthmatic. So I set out on the bike leg, as a not-quite-40-year-old asthmatic hoping not to let the team down too much. Goal: not to drop any places. Result: I moved us up to the mid 20s in the running order, and we were fourth team home overall thanks to a fine performance on the last leg by our second runner (also named Guy), our sole non-asthmatic. My time for the bike leg, which was mainly offroad and went from Goring-on-Thames station into Streatley, up the Ridgeway and then down the Fair Mile and back, was apparently around 43 minutes (whih is better than last years fastest bike, but that was over a different course). I have to admit with all due modesty that I did drop everybody I met, and in almost every case I dropped them on a climb. And in almost every case it was because they were hoofing along in high gears, pedals turning once a fortnight, while I was spinning along comfortably on my low-end no-sus mountain bike with a cadence of 100+, as is my wont when "pressing on." The piéce de résistance was when my handlebar stem cap came loose and the bars started waggling about. I reached behind me, unzipped my seat pack, pulled out the allen keys, zipped the pack back up, tightened the stem screws and dropped the allen keys in my back pocket - all without stopping. One guy passed me as I fiddled, and I passed him as I put the tool in my pocket :-D Descending at speed on concrete-hard ruts churned by tractors, Landies and horses, with no suspension at either end, is a complete killer. I could have gone faster downhill if I could have held onto the bars. I did manage over 30mph on a descent on road, thanks to my Specialized Cross-Country tyres, inflated to 80psi. Not bad for an asthmatic old git, I thought Guy === ** WARNING ** This posting may contain traces of irony. http://www.chapmancentral.com (BT ADSL and dynamic DNS permitting) NOTE: BT Openworld have now blocked port 25 (without notice), so old mail addresses may no longer work. Apologies.