I just arrived from Finland where I was participating to Finlandia MTB competition.
Everything went fine when facing the facts that what was my physical condition on april :)
I believe that there was aprx. 200 racers in my serie (F1), since I got number 178 fro the registration and there was still few guys after me in a line. In results I was 115th , not very special position but when comparing to hardnes of the race, I'm more than saticfied. The race was 70 kilometers, mainly in the forest and 90% of it was up-hill down-hill combination, rest flat ground. 140 arrived to the final and all competitors from other series was already lost the game before the start since they didn't have balls to go to the full lenght race ;)
I flow to Finland almost directly from middle-east, so I had been sitting like 15 hours in the airplane before competion and I'm pretty sure that next year I will go to Finland a little bit earlier to leave some period for relaxing and warming up. Target in next year is to be in top 50.
I also bought a new bike and I actually got it night before the race so it was also new for me, but it's perfect, totally different experience than with hard-tail bikes I have used before.
I will continue today to Bolivia for three weeks, last time when I was there I saw some company which was renting Trek bikes, so I definetely need to rent one of them and test the Bolivia trails...