Written by Matt DeMeis Sunday, 17 July 2005 00:00
Experts had to do 4 laps of the 7 mile course and were expected to be on the course about 2.5 hrs. Halfway through the first lap after I was warmed up I gassed it on the climb and got away from the others by rocking the granny gear on the steep climb. I'm not gonna lie and say I was in the big ring the whole time, I'm not ashamed. I was able to keep the legs fresh on the steeps by using the rings the good folks at Race Face gave me. That little ring kept me in 1st overall most of the race. I did make the freshie move of putting on a new chain with an old cassette (I honestly thought it would work) so I couldn't use gear #4 on the old X.O twister or the drive train started skipping like all the teeth were tearing off of the cassette. Good stuff!
About 1/4 of the way into the last lap a guy in the senior 1 field caught back up to me and we rode together for a while. He was blazing the climbs but I was catching him on the downhills so I decided I could let him have some room on the climb and I'd be able to smoke the decent and make that time back. All was going according to plan until I stacked it hard and knocked my ear on a log. Yes folks, my ear. The log caught me right in the sweet spot below where the helmet protects. ow. That log also bent my rear derailleur hanger so I lost use of my 3 biggest cogs and lost sight of my riding companion. I put it in damage control mode and used the front shifter to get through the rest of the lap to come in only a few seconds down on the other guy. We turned out some pretty fast laps, some around 30 minutes. I managed 1st in my senior 2 class and 2nd overall. If you can do it, make the trip out for another of their XC events. There are 2 more this year. An added bonus is you get to ride down the fire road to the base after the race at about 35 mph on the dirt, wicked!
Image by: Plattekill Mountain
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