This race started as an idea to bring back an old course. I approached Jill and Chris last year and the club was excited to put on a bike race. After a years worth of preparation all was set to go when the day before somebody had sabotaged the course and taken most of the signage down. Filled the trails with debris. We decided to wait till morning of and we arrowed at 6am. I was so worried that somebody would mess with it while riders were out so I went out on my trials bike and did a couple loops. The course was half rocks and half pine needles. It was 2 races in one. Cat 3’s went out and came back ok. Cat 2’s went off next and I had to suit up. While racing out on the course I got cold legs and I hear thats not good. It was super hot. I just kept sipping on water but it didn’t feel good. I was battling for first but now he started to pull away. Well into the last lap I caught number 1 and unfortunately he had a flat. I almost had one myself. I was touching the rim in the rocks and even heard air spitting out but it stopped. I had first and just as I was getting to the finish line I tried to lift the front end through a dip and my Salsa Carbon bars ( a few months old) cracked and broke in half. I managed to ride the bike through with the left grip. Crazy. The rest of the day went good and after cleaning up with help from the MMC (motorcycle club) got home about 7. Not bad! Got lots of positive remarks about the course, I’ve heard it’s one of the hardest. The Meriden Motorcycle Club puts on a great event! Rock on!
Result… 1st place Cat 2 SS
8th over all Cat 2