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Wilkesboro, North Carolina
United States
Bike Rumor
85F / 29C
Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

No idea how to mountain bike, so this was a learning experience.
Event warmup:

I ran the LeMans-style starting lap for our team. Turned in a 5:30-ish .4 mile run, then tagged Mark for him to start the first lap.
  • 2h 07m 30s
  • 15 miles
  • 7.06 mile/hr

This is an expert trail. I've been told we were pretty brave/stupid to try this. It was a blast in the daylight, but totally terrifying at night. There are large dropoffs down the sides of the hill, and single track is tough enough when you do have traction. I had very little in the dark.
What would you do differently?:

Know how to ride a mountain bike. Have grippier tires.
Post race
Warm down:

Go home and sleep after the dark lap.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not knowing how to ride a mountain bike (in the dark especially).

Event comments:

Very fun, but I'm nowhere near ready to do this sort of thing again.

Last updated: 2011-05-30 12:00 AM
02:07:30 | 15 miles | 7.06 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
My first lap was 50:30. Fastest lap for our team. I was the fourth rider out. It was Mark, Walker, Paul, me, Paul, Mark, Walker, Mark, me, Mark, Mark for our laps. My laps were at 3:30pm and 12:20 a.m. Mark rode the 8-9:20 lap, then he and Walker called it a night. Paul and I departed around 5:15pm from the race site, went back to Todd, had drinks, dinner, etc. I left Todd at 11:20pm to drive back to Wilkes for the race, and was on-course at 12:20. It was awful. Lap times are up: 1. Mark-57:25 (short lap), finished at 12:57pm 2. Walker-1:32 flat (full), 2:29pm 3. Paul-56:56, 3:26pm 4. Bill-52:25, 4:18pm 5. Paul-53:32, 5:12pm 6. Mark-58:37, 6:10pm 7. Walker-1:37:22, 7:48pm 8. Mark-1:13:14, 9:01pm 9. Bill-1:17:43, 1:41am 10. Mark-?? not sure what time he went on-course, 9:47am 11. Mark-1:23:57, 11:11am
Course: Dark Mountain course at Kerr Scott Reservoir. Very tough first 1/3, okay middle, then fastish last 1/3. Fun in the dry daylight. Absolutely horrifying if you don't have traction.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Bad
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2011-05-30 9:43 PM

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