West dover VT
July 19th 2008
Pro xc and st
For this race I was staying with fellow Bikeman riders John Burns, Sean Daley and Andrew Freye. The accommodations were very nice (thank you Andrew for setting it up). killed time with movies, chess, trivia pursuit, working on bikes, making and eating food.
|the awesome place|
I was shocked to see the course had been changed this year. It has been a while since they changed it. there was less technical riding there was a lot of newly cut sections with fresh roots but still a lot of steep climbing and descending. The roots weren’t a problem as long as it stayed dry. It did rain the night before so there were a few hairy root sections that were not nearly as difficult during my pre-ride the day before when everything was dry.
The pace of the race was just as unforgiving as it always is in these national races. My tactic during these races is to ride at my own pace and picking off riders that started too strong. I think there were about 60 starters of that about 50 finished; I came in 42nd. That not very good but I honestly I don’t think I could do much better so I was happy. It was nice to fished the race after last weekends double flat and DNF.
I found out I was sighed up for short track too. I didn’t try to sign up for it but I must have sighed up for a package deal or something by accident. I am not sure if I was charged or not (probably was) so I felt obligated to race. I did horrible as I anticipated i would finishing second to last place.
|Andrew with geeky helmet cam|