Monday, June 18, 2012
Red Wing MN Race # 3
I passed Scott and Kevin and started riding a smooth tempo for the rest of lap two. Then it started to rain. The single track was an oil slick. Every corner was an accident waiting to happen. Every root was a trap. But it was cooling off nice too and I was able to keep pedaling away. I passed another group of 3 and was riding up to the next group. I was riding pretty smoothly, no crashes, no real problems. It kept raining harder. Soon the climbs were unrideable. Good thing I had toe spikes in my shoes. I caught Jesse Reints and was in fourth. I was still riding pretty smooth but was coming unwound on the climbs. By the last hill I was totally blown. I walked most of the way up it. I held on for fourth and felt like crap the rest of the day.
There was some confusion and controversy about the number of laps. Apparently one person was telling some riders to stop after three and a few people did. No one told me to stop and I'm glad. Mountain bike racing is about riding in, over and through whatever you have to. One of the most challenging aspects of certain races are the weather conditions. Mountain biking in the mud is a luxury.
Posted by Doug Swanson at 9:15 AM