by Ian Parr 

It was not quite as cold as many had expected but the first couple of descents were hand numbingly chilly. As the clock ticked, the thermometers rose and we had an incredibly beautiful day with perfect riding temperatures. I don’t ski and I’ve never seen The Dolomites in winter but I got some idea of what it must be like. I’ve certainly never seen them looking quite so beautiful.

Two time winner Jamie Burrow (pictured, left) was competing in his last ever race (never say ‘never’, Jamie!) and trying to retain his 2012 title but had to settle for fourth place, six minutes behind the appropriately named Dutchman Michel Snel who won in 4h43m. Jamie is now going to hang up his cleats to concentrate on his Job with Planet X.

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