I know racers are not supposed to drink in the views, take note of the vegetation communities and spot birds, but I did, and it added to the pleasure of the day. I went at a good pace (I probably could have done better) and sprinted like mad at the end. Bliss.
I was rider #3 and we left at 1 minute intervals. To my surprise nobody caught me til after km 13. Only 3 riders passed me, and BoaB was the 3rd, and I was just so pleased to see him go by! So I was his bunny, and he caught me. I hope it shaved a few seconds off his time. After that I lifted my game and kept him in my sights, so nobody else had a chance. Even bunnies have heart.