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Rocky Mount, Virginia
United States
Franklin County Parks and Recreation Dept.
84F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 12m
Overall Rank = /126
Age Group = Clydesdale
Age Group Rank = 1/12
Pre-race routine:

I just spun around the starting area a little, and rode the finishing chute, which had changed this year. It was a little dicey as a long, steep downhill finished with a 90 degree turn onto a very narrow bridge.
  • 1h 14m
  • 14 miles
  • 11.35 mile/hr

I went out from the gun in last place. The first hill is afirly long, and occurrs about 100 yards out from the start. It is about 400 yards long, I picked my way thgough the pack, and by the top of the hill, I was leading the clydes. The race follows a ridge, then descends a very dicey gravel road down to the Pigg River. I held my lead and nailed the descent faster than I normally do.
At the river crossing, which I was aboe to ride without trouble earlier in the week, I bobbled a little and had to come off the bike. The second place clyde got around me because he was able to ride the river clean. I took off in pursuit.
The first climb of "Still Hill", which is always a 50/50 proposition as to whether it is rideble or not I was able to ride about the first third and pased a couple of the Sport class riders who had left 2 minutes earlier. Aout 100 feet later, I was off the bike and pushing it up the hill. The combination of heavy traffic and wet clay on the trail surface made pushing the faster option. I was able to re-pass the leading clyde while pushing.
Knowing that I was in the lead of the clydes did wonders for my confidence. I was able to simply concentrate on riding a smooth, and fast race for the rest of the two laps. I was, however constantly checking over my shoulder for other big guys.
I managed to hold on to my lead for the entire rest of the race, The second lap flew past.
What would you do differently?:

Not a single thing. I executed the best race I have had in a very long time.
Post race
Event comments:

There were some glitches with the organizers tabulating the results, but they worked through it and alls well that ends well.

Last updated: 2006-08-14 12:00 AM
01:14:00 | 14 miles | 11.35 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/12
Overall: 0/126
Performance: Good
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5