The first Capital Punishment was held last year. I loved the concept: to
link all of Canberra's fantastic mountain bike parks into one long race. I
had a prior commitment to ride the Middy Smiddy in south east Queensland
which was fantastic but I was keen to take part this year.
Fortunately this year the weather was kinder (last year the horrific wet
weather made it a very challenging, wet and muddy course) with some
overcast skies and light showers, a great relief to the AROC organisers.
My fitness is not yet 100 per cent so I opted for the shorter 50km option.
The race started close to home so I rode to the start, choosing a later
departure wave so I could get there without putting the lights on.
The route for the 50km started at the Campbell offices, through the Majura
Pines MTB Park, across the north end of Canberra before hitting a fire
trail on the side of Black Mountain. From there I rode past the new
arboretum before doing a lap of Mt Stromlo MTB Park.
The ride was great fun. Some nice single track and a few new areas for me
on Black Mountain. Officially my time was 2:56.48 which was just on the
average time for the race.
Maybe next year I'll do the 100km course.