Quick report. Lined up next to a few fit young dudes, a past Olympian, and a bunch of slackers. We started, the pace was high to super high, and I was in maybe 4th place at that point trying to keep up. My bike was not handling well (surprise) and the loose dry rocks were not confidence inspiring nor were the baby head rocks and my 50psi tires. I housed it shortly after, then regrouped, then repeated that no less than a dozen times that race. I was having a rough day.
I did manage to hold up Travis Brown for the first 3 miles or so. Maybe he was sightseeing or had to change a tire. I don't know. All I know is that mofo was behind me for a while, so there. When he passed me, he went by like he was shot out of a cannon. THAT was an attack. He was gone before the next turn.
Those front runners were way ahead of me after about 10 miles, and there wasn't anybody behind me very close, so I chilled out a bit hoping to not crash as much and maybe enjoy the trails. Riding on the edge of a slippery handling bike isn't really fun, it's stressful, especially when blood is running down your legs already. I guess I slacked off too much about halfway when somebody caught me and passed me. I followed him for a little bit and noticed he was pretty tapped out while I was mainly cruising. He was blowing his lines and pushing pretty hard trying to stay ahead of me.
On the connector trail before the open section I passed him back and put the hammer down a bit. I left him for dead and just rode, not seeing anybody in front or behind me so I figured wherever I was is how I would finish. When all the trails came together again I was passing some of the slower 12 mile riders like they were standing still. Man that was crazy. I was nervous I would punt one of them off a ravine or something.
Finished 8th out of 38. Not bad. If I would have known the 7th place guy was only a minute up I could have taken him out too. I was chilling the last half of the race pretty much. At least I know now I can maintain over a 12 mph average there for 33 miles with only 166 average HR and 258 watts.
Dani finished the 12 miler first overall woman and 51st out of 112 racers. She had a blast. Great day and we will probably do it again next year.