Written by Matt Hersey Sunday, 10 July 2005 00:00
I wasn't sure about the dust factor off the start line, so I gunned it and lead up the first climb. I let a few guys pass me on the 2nd climb and we settled into our paces. I felt awful, not well rested. Fortunately it was a good course with some great corners and a long downhill. It inspired me a little and I decided that I had to finish no matter how I felt. The climbs out here are brutal, lots of granny gear grinding. This course had really well defined sections. The first half of the course was all climbing, then a fire road plateau, finishing with 20 mins of descending. I felt better on the second and third laps. I started passing guys who had flatted on hardtails. Then on the last descent I started to pass a bunch of guys who had bonked. I realized that we had been out for more than 2 hours. I got more inspired and started to stand on the pedals as I could hear the music and the crowd at the finish line. I crossed the line with a podium finish, 3rd place. The heavy bike and the extra weight of the camelback paid off, I survived the heat and danger of the high desert, I was only mildly dehydrated. It was great to race, I hadn't raced in a month.
Rim Nordic is going to have a few more races to complete their summer series. Check them out at www.rimnordic.com. There's a wierd picture of me on the podium.
Photo by: Rim Nordic
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