The Open5 from Slaidburn made for an interesting day, here’s a quick write up along with some of the photos from the day. You can find the photos upload on the Open Adventure facebook page.
Setting off from Kendal about 7am it is raining and sleeting, which doesn’t look nice, thankfully most of it is passing and will just be cloudy once we get to Slaidburn. Along the roads to Slaidburn we came over a one of the small passes and found the hail or snow had not melted there yet.
Noting that the high bits on the route were mentioned to be very boggy I opted not for the stress of that and kept down to the easier controls, where there happend to be more people. My route took me out on the bike first, though on of the very muddy bridleways which I just managed to escape all of the mud. From there I got a few controls, with views of the snow! Finally getting to CP17 I found the light was just right to light up the snow and where people where. I got a top off about CP20 being in a river, so headed there next. Once I’d been there I headed back to transition and left my bike for about a 10km walk around Stocks Reservoir. First walking to just past CP29 and catching some competitors in a hail shower and then heading back north a few kilometres through the fields and what felt like a never ending hail/rain shower. Making my way back from CP3 was muddy underfoot, I didn’t see many people along that way but it was good to have explored it.
Heading back into transition I got a few shots of people finishing before riding back to Slaidburn. Even having a 2.5 inch rear tire and a heavy camera bag the bike still rides quickly, it could be because I’ve been doing a some spinning sessions in recent months. At this event I’ve ridden/walked 34.91 kilometres a good start to the year.
- Great pictures again James. Loved the snowy hills all around whilst not actually having to quite go up them! (Need to get fit again!)