Saturday was the Red Rock Rampage in St. George. I always love this race. Maybe it is simply because of what it represents--the start of a new season, reuniting with friends, or just really pushing on the bike again. The course is one of my favorites. I love climbing the washes and and final descent is so much fun. And Saturday's race did not disappoint.
I felt good on the bike. I some slight cramping or pre-cramping issues on my last lap. This always makes me nervous because nothing outside of crashing is worse than cramping. The course had a couple of changes that appeared to be mandatory. I did not really take any time to understand it but there appears to be new fencing or something where the old route was. I was not opposed to the changes though. I also rode with a new saddle. I think it will work for me. Not as comfortable, but lighter than some other options.
During the race I would catch some of the expert guys on the climbs and then they would pass me at the descents. It made for a fun race. I felt good. I ended up getting caught and bumped down a place just before the finish line by Erika Powers. This same thing happened in a cyclo-cross race this winter.
Here are some photos-