Four hour trailquest around Suckley, Worcrestershire.
The Suckley hills are a sort of Northern extension of the Malvern Hills. Bad news for me, I'm not a hill climber, I tend to do better on the flatter, faster courses.
I got lost after only the third control point. The tracks on the ground didn't seem to match those on the map and I came out on to a road, not really knowing which road it was, so I turned left hoping to find a land mark.
2km later, at the bottom of a steep hill, I got to a junction with a signpost and realised I had missed a turning for a bridleway and would have to go back up the hill on another lane and come in from the other end.
Less than an hour in and I had already resigned myself to a low placed finish. I decided to treat the rest of the event as a training ride and just attack every hill as some much needed practice.
I made reasonable progress from then on, until what should have been my third from last CP, where again, I completely lost the track I should have been on, did a big loop round the outside of a field looking for the correct exit, gave up and rode back the way I came in. 30 points missed and 10 minutes wasted.
I got back in 4:10 for 15 penalty points, having ridden 60km.
Looking at the provisional results, I was amazed to find that, having made two fairly big mistakes on a course that didn't suit me, I was 4th overall.My route.