The first ever UCI World Marathon Series race in Asia was held yesterday on the island of Langkawi, Malaysia. It was an outright death march from the gun as 87 of us from 30 different countries tackled the 3 lap x 27km course through the sweltering Jungle. Each lap had two very steep hike/bike 20 minute climbs, followed by some slick single track descending through the mud. The rest of the course was really cool as it meandered through the dense jungle, crossing streams and through open fields.
On the first lap there was some confusion with the course markings causing us to miss 8 km of the course and cutting out the 2nd climb. This was a blessing as the race was going to be longer then expected anyways due to the heat and slick mud. It was also a curse as a few of us didn’t realize just how hard lap 2 was going to be with the 2nd climb in there. A fair number of riders ran out of water half way up the 2nd climb and all of a sudden the race turned into a a full on survival mission. I dropped from top 5 to out of the top 10 and was getting delirious and barely able to push my bike uphill. It was hilarious as the majority of the riders around me were having serious meltdowns as well. Most of these guys are usually some of the top riders in the World but at this moment we were all walking like a bunch of hungover drunks trying to get home from the bar.

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