Wow, what an awesome event as always The added precautions in place for compliance did not take away anything from how good this event has become known to be. When I entered I chose 10am as my start time however in the week I was informed all start times after 9:30 can start at 9:30. I guess there are not a lot riders that like their rides to span noon like I do. Arriving at 8:30 we (my dad did the 20km) registered and were told we can start whenever we like, just follow the markings. The event is self timed and the markings were excellent as usual. Unlike previous years the water points had water, and nothing else - no biggie. Being an overcast day the conditions were perfect and I could finish the entire 61km with my two bottles in just under 4 hours. Wind was strong at times but did not pose any problems. Riders on the long route were treated to some extra single track that was very scenic followed by one of the steepest downhills I rode in a long while. Loved it! Thanks to Darling Brew for pulling this off. The format works very well for those of us not interested in racing but instead looking for a fun ride packing a bit of a challenge.