Pirin Run 26.06 27km
90% climbing from Hotel Kempinski backwards dead dog route then to Vihren Hut.
The 1st race of the year on home soil, We went Saturday night to register and enjoy a cocktail of sandwiches and desserts put on by Kempinski Bansko who are main sponsors of the event to keep energy levels up J
The course is mainly uphill with plenty of climbing The previous years I had finished in 4th in 2014 and 3rd in 2015. Arriving at the start line I saw many handy cyclists who I knew could push me. So we shot off at 10am up the ski road and left onto the dead dog trail my team mate Ilia taking the lead so I just sat behind him until the climb up to St Nikola . Then I saw Mitko making a move, Mitko is the probably the 2nd or 3rd most fit cyclist at the moment in Bulgaria he finished 2nd the previous week at Vitosha.
So I followed him for around 5 minutes until we got up the top of dead dog climb I looked back and no one was behind me so had a nice cruise thought the woods get my breath back and have a sip of energy drink I currently use the Long energy drink from sponser.bg which I found to be really effective onto the tarmаc and began the climb to Vihren at this point Mitko was gone , I checked behind me no one in sight so I began the nice climb to Vihren hut. As it was a Sunday you had to watch out as there were many cars going up and down the roads.
Every kilometer or so I made a quick glance behind to make sure no one was gaining on me but never saw anyone coming until the last 1 km a guy in blue was flying up .
Time to get out of cruise control and get to the finish line and very happy I was to get 2nd place. Very happy