Thank you for the reply, also got a reply from Robert. Not sure how to reply though. I completed the race in rainy wet weather. I had ice tea and 1 energy bar on the bike, but blew it after the race by drinking an energade, downed the whole 500ml in one gulp. This set me up for a major sugar craving. Also just before the race while I was taking my bike out of the car my back went into a spasm……but I still rode the 107 kms anyway. Spasm disappeared at about 50ks. OUr bodies are amazing. I will definately try the carrot and beetroot juice for my next race on Sunday 97kms.