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CCCX MTB Race #2 02/27/2011

posted Mar 1, 2011, 10:52 PM by Unknown user
Course length is listed 5 to 6 miles. Same location as race #1 but a different course. CCCX did a great job in setting up the course. There was very little mud. 1 mud hole on a steep climb and 1 straightaway that was swamped. Weather was forecast to be raining and cold with chance of snow. The weather turned out to be sunny and warm(ish). Cat 1 raced 5 + laps.

All experts started in 1 wave. By the end of lap 1 I was in a group of 4 riders with 4 or 5 riders up the trail. On lap 3 we dropped one of our group and the other two riders I was with slowed down a bit. I took this as my chance to put in a hard effort and get away. Right at the start of lap 4 I caught the rider in front of me. We were evenly matched over a lap but were each strong in different sections. I would pass him on all the climbs and get a small gap, he would power by me on the flats. We battled back and forth all of lap 4 and lap 5. On lap 5 we caught and passed one more rider. At the end of lap 5 I tried to sprint for the finish but just couldn't make it stick. I finished in 3rd place.

- Brad C
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