Ok, just to cover both bases, I'm putting my report here.
The threat of a bit of breeze had us a little uncertain that we'd get much of a ride in, but we agreed to go & have a look anyway & wing it from there. As my yachtie training taught me would happen, the wind wasn't that bad for most of the morning & built later. Made a quick visit to Trailmix first to see if a course map was available; it wasn't so I decided that Luke could show me the course for the last round, seeing as it was a tad different to what we checked out prior to that race.
First lap was pretty cruisy, led at Luke pace; as such no nav-check breaks, so a good steady pace. The condition of the tracks, after the mudbath of the last two weeks was a pleasant surprise. There were still a few wet spots, mainly along the lower section of Middle (we didn't touch Buckle at this stage), but for the most part the tracks were amazingly clean & beautifully sticky. As we hit the fire trail at the bottom of Blair Witch to start the second lap, Luke thought we'd do one more lap. I was determined to do two, and we decided he could see how he felt & make his own choice, either way meeting back at Trailmix at the end of the session. The stopwatch went on & we chose our own pace.
As we hit the climb on Middle, I began to pull ahead a bit more than on the flat, but we could still catch sight of each other through the trees at times. Hit the split button at the end of the lap; 45:08 for the tiniest whisker under 14km, made the most of the lengthy fire trail section to grab a gel & top up the fuel tank & do it again. Felt the quads begin to burn a little going up Redgum towards the Games course, but not too badly. Looping around the shortcut section across the Games course & back into Hug the breeze started getting a bit stronger & the trees started to make a few squeaks & groans. Hit the stopwatch at the bottom of Blair Witch again; 46:33, reasonably consistent. Then just had the little tail section back down to the dam then along the fence & back to Trailmix. I was impressed to NOT see Luke waiting there for me, obviously having decided to push on & also do the third lap. Checked the watch as I arrived, & again when he got there; only 6 minutes behind after 28km, great going, given that endurance hasn't really been a strong point for him at times.
After a much-needed pie-hedgehog-&-coffee break, we decided to pootle along Buckle just to see what state it's in: like the rest, a lot better than last week, but not really surprisingly still pretty wet, so we think it should be renamed "Muckle". Went up as far as Lyster track, then turned around & headed back to base, for a grand total of 53.12 km, in just over 3 hours.
And the 10-speed Dyna-Sys is effing fantastic!