It's never a good sign when you open your eyes, switch your ears on and all you can hear is wind and rain battering the house ... that's how it was on the morning of the WRT. All morning the rain kept coming, you knew it was windy too as the rain wasn't just falling down but sideways!
The storm before the storm.
I knew a touch of Welsh liquid sunshine wouldn't put anyone off though and by around 10.00 cars started to appear and slither around the field in search of traction. Luckily, as more riders arrived the rain decided to leave ... it was obviously beaten by everyone's enthusiasm.
There's always faffing to be done.
The weigh in (off) started sometime around 11.00, riders had their bikes and kit weighed on the official WRT scales. There was some interesting results, the majority had implements of torture weighing somewhere between 50lb and 60lb all in. There were some that came in considerably lighter, Nick from AlpKit was the only rider to manage a sub 40lb weight but a few others weren't far off ... it must have been the last energy bar that tipped them over the edge. Almost more impressive was the heaviest bike/kit/trailer combination ... a total weight of 129lb!
Built for comfort not speed ... 129lb all in!
We were a little late drawing the raffle but once underway it was a tickets, prizes and shouting fest of the highest order. Some lucky people walked away with some very nice prizes ... £150 Rab and Phd down jackets anyone?
The pole dancing proved popular.
With most riders booted and suited it was time for the off. Some had a harder time than others deciding which way to get out of the field but in the end all were successful ... lets hope they all make it back on Monday!
If I press this button it'll turn on the teleport device.