Eddie O'Dea's Better Half
While Men's Solo ace Eddie O'Dea was duking out the podium places, and holding onto second, his wife, Namrita, was duking out the podium places and holding onto first.
A much-improved Shanna Armstrong kept the pressure on during the early laps, and was arguably the stronger of the two on the climbs. But when it came to the descents, Namrita pulled away every time.
And she has been taking less time off the bike at the end of each lap than the chatty Texan, who is given to socializing with race staff, sponsors, and spectators in between laps.
At the end of five laps, O'Dea held almost an hour's lead over Armstrong. Armstrong, a relative newcomer to mountain biking, is still not comfortable riding at night and lost 30 minutes on the first after-dark lap.