The weather did not look too bad the day before. Famous last words. Rain continued all day the day before, and it rained the entire two-hour drive. I was so revved up about the race that I almost forgot my bike. I arrived on-site with about an hour and a half to burn and felt great about the logistics of unloading the van to prepare. The cool thing about doing this race is the option to do a team. This was a 6-hour race and the plan was for my partner to do the first lap and alternate for a total of six laps.
Last year I had raced with another lady, and we took first in the team ladies division. These were my times:
- 55:08 (first lap adds some pavement at the beginning)
This year, the mud was like peanut butter in places – especially the beginning which reminded me of childhood on a 3-wheeler siding around. The course was also reverse direction from last year. I really wanted a side-by-side comparison, but I didn’t get that.
It does not look like I improved much, but considering the conditions and the changes in the direction, maybe I did a little? My bike is a bit trashed at the moment, and I wonder what all I will have to fix before the next race. I do have to say that Tri Flow is really good for conditions like this. I noticed my chain really looked good on lap 2 and 3, or maybe it was that I slowed down?
We landed fourth place in the coed team division, and it was a great time! I don’t really know who the 1st and 2nd place teams were (besides Gordon Wadsworth) – who doesn’t know who he is if you are into mountain biking at all? But third place – Rob and Starr my friends!
Cannot wait to do this one again next year! Hoping for sunny skies and drier conditions and maybe reverse direction to get a good comparison.