Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Event Report: MTB-Lohja 24h 2011
Well, it took 'slightly longer' than I planned to write a report of this years MTB-Lohja 24h event (it took place 21st and 22nd of May, now is 31st of May...) I've been experiencing major tiredness lately and I'm hoping it goes away soon. At least I feel better as I write this.
For those who doesn't know what the MTB-Lohja 24h is, it is, or was, the oldest 24h mountain biking event in Finland, running from the year 2000. It is not a race. It's a charity event where participants collects money for local hospitals. My first participation was in 2009 with the Team Pyöristi, and I really liked the format of the event. It's nice place to meet like minded people, have a good time and enjoy mountain biking. It's also a great event for families with small children.
As in 2009, I joined the Team Pyöristi, a team of 9 riders.
The main objective was to have fun, and one of the things to guarantee that was of course my fatbike, 907. At the same time it was a chance to see what kind of capabilites it has for 24h-riding. I rode pretty fast most of my laps, by purpose. I got plenty of attention and the most asked question probably was that is the bike heavy to ride. It's easy to answer: NO! The look of the bike is misleading, in reality the bike is not heavy. Jan, our team captain, did a test ride with it and was also really impressed, and he is already in a process of purchasing a fatbike!
One of the highlights of my riding was also the nightriding. Yes, it was truly a blast to ride with the powerful Lumicycle LED4 flood and spot lights! I rode three night laps and went to sleep a little after 02:00. This time I also slept fairly well. The tent and sleeping bag were nice and comfortable.
There were also two other fatbikes in the event, Shimaani and Zarni of team Yöhöpisijät, (The Nightmumblerers, in english).
There are more awesome photos taken by Zarni in his photo album, like this one:
The bad news is that this event took place for the last time, althought there is a possibility for some kind of mountain biking event in the future. The main reason for this is the license for money collecting that is expiring, and the huge amount of work the volunteers has to do every year. And the work of MTB-Lohja Toy (Toy=completely nonexistent organization :-)) has truly been amazing. So, huge thanks for the folks of MTB-Lohja, hopefully there will be a new event in the future!
Big thanks also to Jan, Jussi and the rest of the Team Pyöristi for all the arrangements. It was great time again!
An album of 135 photos is HERE!