WO2 Marriott was aiming for a top thirty finish in the Veteran Men’s 40-59 category, but a slow start meant he was always fighting against the odds and he ended up in 51st place. He still found positives to take from the performance.
He said: “The most enjoyable part is that whether you are at the front of the race or the back, there is always someone that is at the same ability as you.
“Although I’m a little bit disappointed in today’s race, there’s still plenty of positives to take into next year. It’s the first season where I’ve coached myself and done all my own training programmes.
"The plan was to start the season with a relatively low level of fitness and to build up to today’s race.
“I understand where I’ve gone wrong this season. I need to be at a higher level going into it and keep that up throughout to improve."
For the cyclist, it was a tough slog of a race and he put it down the tempo of the competition.
“It’s because it was such a fast race,” said WO2 Marriott. “There was no recovery whatsoever. Usually, there is recovery on downhills where you can get ten or fifteen seconds of recovery. This circuit was just full on all the time.
"My maximum heart-rate is usually around 175 but today, I averaged 172 for the whole race.
"There were people just blowing up and running out of power. There were a lot of rocks on the course too and I think some people were hitting them a bit too hard to get punctures."
Like his team-mate, WO2 Marriott also spoke about the importance of fitness as well as watching what you eat.
He said: "You’ve got to fuel yourself mainly to aid your recovery. Training is about breaking your body down so it repairs itself stronger for the next race. If you eat badly, you are affecting the refuel of your body.
"Also, you have to think about your weight. The lighter you are, the faster you are going to go so it is massively important."