What a truly epic event……I can’t say enough great things about Iceland in general and The Rift specifically.
Incredibly tough challenge….the gravel is every bit as challenging as Unbound in many areas (but not as sharp), the views are stunning and the whole event should be a must-do.
I’ll try and post a longer review / recap later this week……briefly rode with @Harrisoncj13 yesterday and chatted with him today after the race and wound up riding with @bragifreyr today. Both those guys are incredibly strong!!
I took a pretty good header at high speed on a descent around mile 40….I hit some soft sand in the right side and it tossed me off the road and I landed on my head / shoulder. I had double vision when I got up but my buddies were up ahead and they had no idea I went down……so I gently worked my down the descent closing one eye at a time. Caught up with one of my buddies who went on to tell the other 2. Pushed my bike up the next climb and my vision was starting to straighten out. We set out to get me to the next aid station where I was gonna DNF, but within about 20 minutes I was fine. Likely a mild concussion, but I had no other symptoms so we soldiered on.
The whole 2nd half of the race was into a stiff headwind with more than a fair amount of cold rain. The weather today was definitely the worst since we have been in Iceland and it made a tough race that much tougher.
And my god,the unrelenting stutter bumps on the second half of the course!!! Brutal.
If anyone wants a epic adventure, The Rift and a trip to Iceland is the way to go. Simply fantastic.