SAFIRE BAYNESFIELD MTB CLASSIC
Total Distance: 65.4km, 2hr24:00min, Ave speed 26.53km/hr
A fast and close race unfolded at this year’s edition of the Baynesfield SAFIRE classic upfront. After an easy paced start rolling through the historic farmstead the pace quickened as we reached Baynesfield dam and turned right up a 1km climb to the first water table. I managed to break away from the group by following Brendan Davids wheel, but quickly found a small gap forming in front of me which I just couldn’t close. A rolling flat section awaited us and I knew I would need to be riding hard and try minimise the gap before we reached the bottom of the biggest and most decisive climb on the route. The Baynesfield Breaker Climb is about 8km long and kicks up in sections up to 16% gradient, this is where you need to be pushing hard and not loosing any time as the road tilts upwards. I knew Brendan has some good form at the moment and would be very hard to bridge the gap in the technical stuff, so I had to push hard on the climbs and flats to try not loose time in the technical sections which suits his XC style of riding.
I hit the KOM at the top of the climb just behind Brendan and pushed hard to keep him in my sight, we then went through a long section of single track that descended off the mountain and I lost sight of Brendan. I knew I would have to keep my pace up as there was a group of riders who would be close behind if I tapped off the pace even just a little.
After the next big climb I had put some time between me and chasers but couldn’t seem to bridge the gap to Brendan who was less then 1min 30sec up the road but riding really well.
The final run into the finish is a long very gradual climb under an avenue of trees and it always seems to be a lot harder then what you expect especially after 63km of riding in the legs. I had resigned myself to the fact I wasn’t going to catch Brendan and would consolidate on my 2nd position on the podium.
Baynesfield Classic Mens Results:
1st Brendan Davids (Trek)
2nd Andrew Hill (TIB Insurance)
3rd Tyron Bird (Quattro)
Video From Jenna Bird, some highlights of the Baynesfield Safire Classic.