There were a few votes against racing:
- I lost my tools and CO2 canisters / inflator at the Lung Opener - replacements have not arrived yet
- I really need to get in some more of the long road rides - I think they may have really helped push my fitness this season
- This would be the third consecutive week I have gone racing - I feel I should ease back for a couple of weeks
- My sister lives right in Amherst (kick ass town BTW) - it'd be nice to swing by & see how the old girl is doing (she's 9 years younger than me the little tart)
- Alec Petro signed up - and well, I kinda want to see where I fit in at this point - he is a serious moving target to focus on - always somewhere near the top
- The weather was shaping up quite nicely for the weekend
- I just got some new summer tires for the car = nice smooth ride.
- OK, I just reaaally like racing. Lucy knew how this would go down a week in advance.
The start was at the bottom of the access road heading up to the observatory that worked to thin the field out before hitting the single track. After the start horn (which sounded more like dying murmur - too many blasts I reckon) I held position somewhere midpack. By the time we got to the single track just past the observatory there was a log jam getting into the woods. It sorted itself out pretty quickly and we were into the best part of the course - nice tight singletrack with bermed corners here and there and a few whoop-de-doos thrown in. Fun - Fun - Fun!!
Whoop de doo! Picture don't do it no justice. Click on the pic, zoom in on it - then use your imagination.
Smiling for the camera - photo by Uri Halevi
Maybe this fall we can coordinate beer from Element Brewing and some CX racing in Amherst. I hear CX and beer is like squirrels and nuts or the opposite of: "A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle". Oooh.. I kinda maintained a theme there.