Hold on... They should not start earlier, thereby these wannabees getting the trails in top condition and riding (usually) at the best time of the day with awesome water-points and back in camp before the heat of the day. This privilege should go to the true cyclists. They should start last, long enough back so that they cannot catch any back markers, spend most of the day in the sun and wind, get to water-points that are pretty much used up, and then to the end when the beers are lekka warm and the burgers are cold. Hopefully this will get them to become real cyclists and drop the motorized assisted vehicles for a lekka real MTBike that requires leg-power.