Local ride organized a tight race under what was some obvious concessions to the land owner. All of the Cat's started on time. The course consisted of three all too short tech sections, 3 massive straight stretches, and just 2 mandatory dismounts. If you were a power type rider on a geared bike, this course was for you. The sun broke through Sunday morning, and the weather was great, with a heavy rain the night before that made the course really muddy and that suited my riding style.
I had put the foil on in anticipation of a rough Cross race.
I was pleased to see Mr. McCloskey in the parking lot. He was running file tread tubulars, which was amazing to watch him control the slips and slides. In my opinion it was without a doubt the loosest handling bike on the course. I gained some speed due to a well timed beverage hand-up, and spent almost 2 or 3 laps with Paul trying to work together and gain time on the guys in front of us. I finished 22nd, Paul was 21st.
(I think Hanson Brothers Stotts looks kinda like Bubbles... - Ed.)
Pat came to do battle in the masters race, he was in great position and it was sad to see him have his derailleur let go, and be forced to retire from the race.
Jen Gerth put down a hell of an effort for her second cross race (on a touring bike! - Ed.) and in Barney costume no less. Here she is with some of the awesome women that pinned it on the course in full costume.
Next weekend, Nov 3-4th is a double deader called Cross Border Clash, in Ferndale WA. A short road ride south of the border, and if the number of Canadian points exceed the number of USA points in the race the Canadians win the cup. The cup would reside in Mighty on Broadway for a year, as is the declaration of the race organizer. I am out of the province for the races, but maybe someone can come out of retirement and take my place.