Wow - it's all over again bar the blogging. Please email your own tales of the 2006 Three Peaks to me using the 'Email me' link on the right hand panel.
A friend of almost 20 years - John Walker - turned up today and I see so little of him normally so it was a lovely bonus. He gets the prize for the first published photos from this year's race - click on the image to see them.
So for me, after eleven starts and now ten finishes (don't ask!) this was the year I really think it all came together. I rode down Whernside on a flat back tyre. My front straddle wire snapped half way down Whernside, and I snapped my chain, having already given my chain tool to Stuart Reid (stronger team mate in need!) on Ingleborough. I had to run for about ten minutes and lost four places, but I can't deny that I did the ride of my life this year and was pleased with how it all came together.
Read about it on my personal blog here....
And what will the pundits make of the 45th Three Peaks? Well, it was the year that Rob Jebb equalled Tim Gould's record of six wins. From what I saw of it, Rob was never in trouble. Anyone who refers' to him as a 'fell runner' obviously hasn't witnessed the way he has ridden away from the whole field on the start of Simon fell in the last two events.
It was also a bit of a sad year for us here at Wheelbase - we missed the team prize because of a below par Stuart Reid (on flying form until an illness two weeks before and a recurring back problem hampered his progress even more). This when Rob was backed up by a very strong ride from Lewis Craven - taking third for the second time in three years. Hat's off to the Scott team though - only three riders but all in the top ten.
Anyway - get in touch with your tales and let's hear how it was for you.