LUMC entered three teams in the Gravity ride this year – it’s a mountain bike challenge/endurance event near Myrtleford, involving doing as many laps around the 13km course of single track and fire trails as your team can manage in the 12 hours.
Wombles of Mass Delusion consisted of Alex, Nick and Megan, and managed 11 laps in 12:01:55, coming 8th out of 14 in their category. Best lap times = Megan (58.25), Alex (1.00.09), Nick, (1.03.34). Nick had to pull out due to injury after two laps, leaving Megan and Alex to do four and five laps each respectively - Alex finishing off the last lap in the dark, with a bike covered in tinsel and red LEDs, and a helmet with reindeer antlers.
Alex and Megan at swapover
Weapons of Mud Destruction consisted of David, Will and Michael, and they did 11 laps in 12:59:46, coming 29th out of 32 (in the slightly more competitive all male category). Best lap times = Michael (45.56), David (59.17), Will (1.24.53). Michael was doing the course without a back brake, and still managed to pull awesome lap times finishing off with four laps, the last two done back to back in the dusk/dark, meanwhile David was being ultra hardcore on his rigid frame bike, pulling off four laps, including the last one in the dark. Will came away with three laps and some interesting scraping injuries up his side, courtesy of an unfortunate combination of skid turns in the mud and ill-placed trees.
Wheels of Mass Destruction were Rich and Chris, who did 12 laps in 12:31:24, coming 16th of 24 in their category. Best lap times = Rich (49.46), Chris (55.07). Due to Cath pulling out, we ended up with one pair – these hardcore guys. Rich ended up doing seven laps (including two back to back in the dark), and Chris did five. Crazy people - you like how the team with only two people managed to do more laps than either of the teams of three?
Camp WMD - Dave, Nick, Rich and Michael
Unlike a lot of the riders, all of us stuck it out to the dark finish at 9pm, surviving the mud, and the lunch of evil teddy bear pasta, and had lots of fun in the meantime (before collapsing into a dirty and disheveled heap at 10pm).
Rich, all prepared for a night lap