To the best of my knowledge, this is the first official mid-week 'cross race in the area (not counting Wednesday training races), and the first race at Ski Ward. The venue was great, we wound in and out and up and down the ski slope--good up-hills and fun down hills.
Anyway, as usual, I lined up near the back of the 74+ or so riders in the Cat 4 group and waited for the start whistle.
Once we were off, it was again my goal to stay away from the squirrelly riders who can't handle the combination of tight turns, mud, and bikes. Unfortunately, those are the same riders that seem to pull away from me on the power sections. Damn them!
I could give you turn by turn details of the course, but instead, I encourage you to waste the six minutes to watch my first lap here:
It was a really fun course, and there was still a good amount of light when we started. By the time we were finished, the ski hill's lights were much appreciated.
|Yeah, right in the puddle.|
|I do love these colors!|