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Adventure Bike, Andy Deacon, Bikepacking, Drop Bars, Mr Harry, Smokestone, Smokestone Bikes -

About three hours in… I hit the first challenge!!

Disaster, the bracket my rear seatpack was attached to snapped clean in two, this bracket was being used to allow me to use a dropper seatpost which, whilst definitely not essential, does have some use for bikepacking. For me, its most useful in getting the saddle out of the way when opening and closing gates (there were lots!) and when on really technical descents. 

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Enduro, Liam Crook, Race Report, Smokestone, Smokestone Bikes -

Into the off camber section I quickly found a pile of bikes and bodies in the muddy bowl, it really was that wet and slippery! I left stage 1 questioning my eligibility and sanity, I find the mental side of racing the hardest, in my experience, positivity brings confidence, which brings (mental) relaxation, which brings smooth riding, and smooth is fast in my book.

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