If you’re from New Zealand, (especially from the North Island) and you’re into cycling you’ve probably heard of the Coleville Connection. There are various event options but the main event is a 72km Mountain bike race around the exceptionally scenic tip of the Coromandel Peninsula. A lot of this race is on relatively smooth gravel roads, there’s a section of moderately technical single track and a little bit of sealed road at the beginning and end. I’ve done the event 5 times now, although 4 of those were actually on mountain bikes, I actually don’t own a mountain bike now and figured it was cyclocross’able. That theory went reasonably well except apparently my core strength wasn’t up to the jarring of that much gravel road, corrugations and bumpy, technical (for a CX bike) single track…. By the end of the race I felt like my core had been shaken to bits, all of my muscles around my lower back and ab’s were stiff and tender. My shoulders, forearms and triceps were about the same. My hands felt..