The course was amazing. The first lap there were some slick puddles that had me nervous. But by the second lap the traffic had dissipated the standing water and a smooth trail was forming. The third lap was even better.
I was apprehensive about the Little Stick climb. I definitely felt it, but I was able to stay motivated and push each time. I made have taken it down just a notch on my third lap. The thought was to ensure I had something left for the single track climb. I did. I kept looking behind me to see if anyone was coming.
I really liked the way Ed started this race. Pro men led out, followed by 30-39 Expert Men, then the 19-29 year old boys and single speeders; we left with the Expert Men 40 plus next. This was great. I had guys in front of me as carrots or guys I was trying to stay in front of during the climbs. It was easy to let them pass when I needed to also. For me it was the perfect starting position at least on this course.Chris had a pretty decent race too. He really suffered the first lap. He struggles with the starts. It is painful for him to start super hard and that was a necessity on this course. He seemed to feel better as he moved up through the pack.