In somewhat hot and humid weather our 16 strong group was all 50+ ages with 3 Aussies in the mix...Desrae Cameron, Fran Watson and I..Desrae ended up winning 60-64 age group, I won 65-70 and Fran was 2nd in 70-74 group. Also there were Petra Kleunder and Maria Zander, friends from St Johann.
The course was good...the surface not and the pace was hot from the start with the 50-54's getting the speed up from the gun. I stuck with the lead group until halfway through the 2nd lap when a surge at a corner saw someone dropping a wheel and the elastic soon broke. I was then in a small group of 3 who later picked up 2 stragglers from the breakaway. We stayed together til the end with the other 4 sprinting to the line with me behind not bothering to contest since I had already beaten my competition.
Then the "fun" started. The presentation was not to be until 8.30 on the big stage. There was no marshalling at the podium which perhaps should have warned us, but we gathered anyway. Finally a guy came and told us only 1 age group would be presented on the stage, the rest would be presented elsewhere...later(!) We all complained...loudly, in many languages. Finally they agreed and we all got on the stage...then they ran out of medals! We got home at 11pm.
Hopefully there will be a change for the rest of the races or rather the presentations..although at least there were to be medals for all age grades..apparently for the races on the track they were only going to give out medals to women in two age groups... 30-34 and then 35+. Until someone protested.
A bit of a negative post I know..but it's such a pity when admin/organisational problems overtake the racing side of the equation.