That was interesting. First couple miles of the race went perfect and I was positioned in the top 15 as we hit the dirt, but then my seat-post clamp broke into pieces. I turned around and started back to the parking lot. Just happened to have a spare post in the car. It was pretty hilarious to be riding against traffic just after the start of the big mass-start hundo. Got a lot of sympathy from the racers when they saw me riding, saddle in hand, just 2.5 miles in. After a pretty quick seat-post and saddle swap I was off again. I’d lost some time, but so much worse was the 260 places. The first lap was ridiculous as I worked my way past about 231 riders, riding through the ferns off line and hoping I’d not crash into one of those hidden stumps that got me and busted my collarbone at the first lumberjack. I’d given up hope of a result and was feeling a bit grumpy during that first 25 mile lap. But knowing there was chip timing this year and lap times would be posted, I’d try and post a solid final 75 miles just to compare with my friend’s times. Long story short, the final 75 miles were really fun and I was simply amazed to end up top 10 on the day. As for my plan to compare lap times after the race, my final 75 miles placed 7th best in men’s open and my last lap was 5th best.
Special thanks to the hospitality and race support of Team O'Dea/Simonster. Thanks guys for an awesome weekend!!