Today was probably the best day for a race!! The weather was absolutely perfect, so a lot of contenders showed up, which was phenomenal as this race benefits The Stratham Hill Park, A fast, fun, flowy place to ride. The race was well organized for an almost informal race – the ability to register on Bikereg.com this year was also a nice addition.
I ran in the sport class today and had a pretty good run, I was fortunate to have the time to pre-run the course twice this week so I knew where the tricky corners were going to be, and how I was going to need to manage my energy to get to the finish alive.
The course started out relatively flat, but there really wasn’t much time to warm up before tackling the first climb to the fire tower, I managed to take the pack right off the line so I wouldn’t get stuck behind anyone for the climb, from there I managed (barely) to hold off the pack for the rest of the ride, encountering two dropped chains which required stopping to fix, each time I was back on my bike just in time to stay in front. I also went down once on an entirely non technical corner for a reason that still eludes me.
The course this year also ran along some of the new singletrack that can be encountered at Stratham hill, which was nice as last years course seemed to ride a lot of double. If you haven’t been to SHP lately I recommend you go sample the new stuff.
I took my first sport class podium today, which felt great in a nonexistent season for me due to family and professional demands – I’m glad I could represent NEMBA with a podium.