The St. James cycle trail has always been on my bucket list. The race travels through the beautiful St. James Station and with plenty of climbing and rugged terrain it is a true test of ability.
Tennyson Lake at the Start of the St. James cycle trail
I decided to race the 63 km option as this was the perfect distance to prepare for the Coppermine Race. I got a race plan from a fellow racer just before the start. This allowed me to break the race up in small sections and really focus on the steep hill climbs. I was not far off the lead group down the back of Mailing Pass, the first big descent. From there I just kept a steady pace making sure I get up every hill without walking. I finished in 3hrs 23mins to take my first win, setting a new course record and claiming 4th overall.
Starting the St James race through the high country
To make the most of the hot summer weather, Josh and I headed to Kaikoura after the race. We spent Sunday exploring the peninsula, watching seals and swimming in the sea.