It was a great day to race Domnarski Farm today, the weather was perfect especially since last year it had rained in the morning before the race and then poured afterwards. NEMBA Racing fielded three CAT2 racers today: Harold Green , Fabian Esponda, and myself. Another NEMBA member and most likely joining the team next year, Glenn Vernes from CT was racing today as well.
I got off to a pretty good start figuring I would begin in the rear and start picking people off as I went but on one particular descent in the initial half mile of the course (before the big climb) I hit a rock which spun my front wheel backwards and down I went getting a deep scrape just above my ankle and maybe spraining a few fingers. My front brake lever was sticking a bit, too. My gearing, 32:21, was perfect for the big climb but when my heart monitor alarm started sounding I decided to take it easy just to be safe, although I think there was something wrong with it.
Once at the top is where the fun begins. The trails are mix of single and dual track and you can really get moving. I was holding my own in the single track and even passed a few geared riders! I was able to ride most of the powerlines but had to walk the first section and then it was back to the single track and $10 hill, which I walked. After the last mud pit, it’s pretty much all downhill from there and except for getting passed by a few Pro and CAT1 riders I had the last two miles of the course to myself.
Fabian got 5th place and I got 8th, which is last. Harold DNF’ed with a flat tire. Glen got 13th.