Tuesday, April 12, 2011

2011 First Race Of The Year, Fair Hill

Elkton MD,
60 degrees and cloudy

Big turn out; just over 40 riders in my category (open/ elite). During the start of the race I felt super stale from not being able to ride that week, I immediately fell to the back.  I wasn't too worried though because I was confident I would start feeling better eventuality and make up some ground. Before getting to the single track I noticed I wasn't able to shift with the rear derailleur.  I discovered that my cable had snapped so the rear derailleur was stuck in a 12 tooth gear (the hardest gear).  I put the front in the smallest gear to balance it out but I still found it very hard to push over the gears.  I got too the first short steep climb and my gearing was too difficult and I ran up it.  At this point I realized I wasn't going to be able to be competitive so I decided to just finish the race; I came in 40th.