Glad to report back that I survived, and actually surprised myself a bit. It was luckily quite cool and overcast, few spots of light drizzle, which at least made the heat a non-issue. BUT, the wind..... Man oh man, that wind. Luckily it being a circular route it balanced out somewhat, but the portion with the rollers after the climb from the parking lot was horrendous. Coming down the Mineshaft I was pedaling to keep at 40kph. Still, managed to take 16min off of my previous best time (which was on a much more efficient bike, and with a push up the Scorpion road climb) and did the first loop in 2h44. Started cramping a bit 20km into the second loop so slowed down a bit, but managed to finish pretty strong. The group I was riding with were all maer dudes on maerder bikes, so I got dropped on the way to SBR and was solo for the whole ride basically. Deffo going back for a proper double loop (think I could have managed it with this ride, but 6h15m of riding seemed like plenty for the day).