raspberry lemonade carborocket. Scott and I dropped off the dogs to my parents and were on our way to the race. It was so nice to only have to drive 30 minutes to get to the race. Once we arrived at Fallsburg Park I picked up my number plate and warmed up a little.
There were two different distances to race, 57 or 34 miles. The fat bike division was in the 34 mile distance. I watched the 57 milers take off and lined up for my start. Temps were in the low-30's and I was shivering uncontrollably. What the heck? I spent the winter racing in single digits...30-degrees should feel like a heat wave!
Finally we were off. The start was pretty controlled as racers tried to get in position. Gravel road races are tough because no one wants to miss the break or get stuck riding alone. But at the same time everyone was trying to avoid the million gazillion potholes that were all over the place!
My start was less then stellar but within a few minutes we reached our first (and most evil) climb of the day. That warmed my legs up in a hurry and by the time I reached the top I was gasping for breath and ready to race :-)
Eventually I ended up with a group of about five guys on cyclocross and mountain bikes. They were racing at a really good pace and I planted myself at the back and willed myself to stay on. I don't ride in groups often, and it took a while to get used to not seeing what was in front of me. The guys did a great job of taking good lines, but even so I hit a few teeth rattling potholes that probably would have flatted my little Ford Fiesta. My big tires just couldn't avoid some of the potholes like the skinny cross tires could...haha. Mud was flying in all directions and half-way through the race I reached the conclusion that with all the run-off from farms, I had probably swallowed some cow poo. All in a days work, right????
|Photo: Jack Kunnen|
|I love my muddy fat bike!|
|I have to admit that seeing this after crossing the finish line made me very, very, very happy!|
|Fat bike podium!|
|Me and my GRBC teammates!|
|Bragging about my Metal arm warmers...|
|I'm not even going to try and explain this photo! My teammates are the best :-)|