This course was one large 26 mile lap, super fast for the first half and super rooty and rocky for the second half.
I went all the way from hero to zero in this race. Great start, led for the first 5 miles, I was caught by a rider from Bikebarn (the big bike shop in the area). We switched off for a while then he put in an attack on a technical climb and I couldn’t hang. My technical riding was good but his fitness was better than mine. Soon after he dropped me I got a flat and I had a bit of a problem fixing it. By the time I did everyone in my category had passed me. I pretty much through in the towel right there.
Turns out my team mate John Burns had bad luck too. he fell on one of the wood bridges breaking his handlebar (It rained very heavy the night before so they were wicked slippery)