Hey guys! So here goes the update! Started the day off not actually eating anything before i got to the Cowhouse. All packed and ready, we arrived there around 07h00. Funny story; when we arrived and got out to offload the bikes, we realised that my cousin's front wheel was completely gone! lucky the guy that pulled up next to us managed to produce it from his boot. Apparently it fell off his bike once we entered the offroad section to get to the parking lot. Phew!! (My cousin suspects his son's were toying with the bike the day before) So we registered and have a small bar to eat. Got in line and off we went at 08h10 for the 20km A group race. We started right at the back of the group to give us our space to cycle freely and at our own pace. The first section was a bit slow due to the traffic, mostly cause by two or three bottlenecks i.e. A small stream/sludge crossing, a incredibly steep incline which everyone walked, and a very narrow drop and incline section. This was exacerbated by the introduction of the next group onto the scene, who were supposed to be 10 minutes behind us, who were flying past us and cutting in wherever possible. Was a bit scary and frustrating at times having guys bulleting past you, within centremetres of your bike, and cut you off or force their way in without saying a word. I guess this is probably the name of the game but still an experience nevertheless. Once we got into our "stride" though, things were much smoother sailing. We started with a long section of single track through grass, then onto some dirt road sections, lots of rocky roads that needed climbing over, some super fast downhills and some foresty sections. All in all was really fun and enjoyable for ourselves. We struggled a bit with the hills and all the bumps in the road but persevered regardless. We stopped about 3 times, for my cuz to get some water from his water bottle (my Camelbak came in very handy). At the very end of it we actually felt ok, not completely tired or even sore. We both completed the 20km's in 1h 34m and that was done at a relatively relaxed pace. Funnily enough, the guys who won the 60km race finished the same time that we had. In summary, it was an amazing experience! Most definitely the first of very many more! Thank you again to everyone for their advice, words of encouragement and support. Onwards and upwards!