Completed my first solo race on saturday. It was a 9 hour race. Well, my back and arms, and but are still sore.... my brand new bike sure held up nice(Norco EXC 2.0HT). Trails got pretty crazy by the end, lots of roots exposed making some one the quick decent/switchbacks pretty hairy. Overall a nice race, especially the medals, they were pez dispencers, glued to medal ribbons, best part about them is that they actually had candy in them.