From there on out the night reminded me of why this group of guys might be my favorite to race with. Without blabbering about our evening events, we just had a blast hanging out before the race (Lester Brown even joined to add more fun to the group). Between Mexican food, Cook-out, and hotel cookies, it was killer. Tons of laughs and by far the least serious I’ve taken what should be an important race. But as those guys would all say, it’s mountain biking so it’s all about the fun, and we were definitely doing that.
We made our way to the ¾ mark or so and a big river (or road depending on when you ride the course) gave us the opportunity to relax instead of battling the slippery single track. I grabbed a drink and one of the guys made a pass right before the single track. This isn’t really worth mentioning, except he bumped me in the process and was an in general a jerk about it. I mean honestly, all things equal I was happy sitting 2nd, and didn’t want to get passed but I couldn’t really do much as I was drinking from my bottle. Not sure why he had to make it a hard pass. Maybe I’ve been hanging too much with the chill guys of the mountain bike group but come on man. Just say on your left, it’s not like I could have responded and blocked you, and I’d rather not be crashed out by someone else in a mountain bike race, save it for the road bro.
I really wasted a lot of time thinking about what to do, probably a 10+ minute tube change. Embarrassing, but a good lesson learned. From there on out the race is uninteresting, I spent lots a time catching and passing people and sliding all over the place. Sometime in the final lap (3/3) my rear brake decided it was give or take done, making the muck even more entertaining. Fortunately I was able to get by enough people/have enough people drop that I ended up in 5th. Can’t be upset with the place but I would have liked to have seen how I would have done against the leaders. I’m still learning where I am as a mountain biker. I’ll just have to find out another day. Not much I could do, all part of the game.
Keep those pedals spinning,