Sunday, September 19, 2010

Bear Creek Race 2010

About 20 guys showed up for my category (elite).  The weather was great 65 -75 degrees abd sunny.   This was a course on a ski mountain so there was a good amount of climbing and descending.   There was a few technical section thrown in but not horrible; it all seemed ridable except one tricky switchback with a lot of big rocks (not ridable for me anyway).
The fist lap decent I found that my front breaks weren’t working; the pivot pin came out.  I tried riding with no front breaks for a while but I ran in to serious issues when trying to ride down the steep switch backs.  After almost riding off course a few times I decided to stop and fix it.  Fixed it using the pin from my chain breaker tool and some electrical tape to hold it in.  The fix worked and I was able to finish; I came in 11th.

This was the series finally of the Mid Atlantic Supper Series (MASS).   I was trying to do well in this series overall but the ridiculous number of flats I experienced during races took away any chance of a respectable ranking in the overall.  Since I've switched to tubeless it has been a lot better; I went from getting a flat every week to getting a flat every month (on average during races).   Hopefully next season will be different with less flats and less excuses.