Muck. Snotty, mucky mud.
I drove down to Eugene Sunday morning after getting a few hours of sleep (loud upstairs neighbor). Mike Hilbrant, Beth Chase and Brian and I arrived with plenty of time to check out the course, practice and fake like we were warming up in the rain.
Our new teammate Sho cleaned up the C category race and then we got to see Nicole Nestlen take the women’s B race from the start. Impressive.
A cluster of Veloshop B category riders used this race to try out the Elite category with mixed success. I think it was a good test for them.
I had to set up my 29er mountain bike as a faux cross bike on Saturday when my cyclocross bikes did not show up in the UPS Friday. Guess I’ll get them on Monday or something.
It was so rad, rocking the full fenders and straight bars, I even spent an hour the night before cutting the outer knobs off an old pair of my Schwalbe tyres. Gave myself a blister!
I felt great during the race. I took the hole shot and led the first lap until the mudpit section where I was riding everything and a few people passed me running it. I moved back in to the front with Chris Brandt and then attacked him around the backside of the course and kept a gap for the rest of the race.
I had a few mechanicals in the last laps. Chain suck, derailleur getting jammed in the hardest gear, more chain suck. I had to stop and yank the chain out of itself more than once. I thought my rear brake was f’ed up too but, I think it was just packed with mud the whole time.
To be fair, I think I had a big advantage on the mountain bike. It would have been a different race if I was on a cross bike. It does weigh about 10 pounds more than my gucci cross bikes though.
Hey, I won some socks for Brian!!