Sunday, May 11, 2008: Brialee Ramblin Rumble
A swampy bike destroying course. Lots of soupy sections where pedaling trough sounded like my bike was being tortured. A beautiful day and a decent turn out for my category (pro /semi pro) I didn’t count but it looked like about 15 or so.
The race didn’t go very well for me. I had a bad start followed by a flat tire in the first 5 minutes of the race. I had just put on some new bontrager dry tubeless tires (I guess they are pretty weak). I only had one co2 and that wasn’t enough to fill the 29er. The tire was rolling off to the side when I would go hot into corners. In the 3rd lap a branch wedged into my rear derailleur tearing it off my bike. that was the end of the race for me. I wasn’t alone other riders in my category had problems. Here are the ones I heard about. (excuse me if I get the facts wrong)
Thom Peterson john Foley and Andrew Freye all had bad falls
Andrew also had a flat tire
Aaron Oakes missed a sign and went way off course
I am sure the majority of riders who raced had at least a minor problem. it is just that kind of course, easy to get flat tires, easy to miss a turn, easy to fall, and easy to break something.
The top two riders were on single speeds. Sean Cavanaugh won and Thom parsons came in second. Andrew Freye came in third.
Next race in the series is coyote hill. This one is a lot of fun. One of the best in the series