Well I did it! 700km, 14,000m climbing and 3 punctures and the race is finished. To top it all I took 3rd in solo men and 21st over all!!!
The Endura shorts and Chocolate Fish Merino were amazing and stood up to repeated wearing / washing / and all round thrashing in some really tough conditions...go buy some now.
The bike and kit was pretty much with out fault although my seatpost did slip very slowly until zipties and gaffer tape came to the rescue! The Kenda SB8's gripped like s**t to a blanket and were only really out of their depth on 30mph+ rocky and loose down hills (which were all 10km+!)
Lots of new friends and stories to catch up on but i need to pack the bike, do some shopping and eat pizza (rice, dhal and aloo chana get a little boring after 9days!)
Thanks to all my supporters and friends, see you soon.