The area I was not sure about was division. Now while I will only ride a Single Speed, that does not mean I will only race in the single speed class. This class consisted of three
The race started well. We were sent up and back on a gravel road to help spread us out, it worked. I went out a little harder than usual to try and avoid any backlog on the single track, and I rode the entire race nearly unobstructed. Everyone I encountered was cool about passing, and little to no time was lost in this area of the race.
As far as single speed or 40+, turns out I did not make the most advantageous decision, but I knew that going in. I go smoked in the single speed division, not even sniffing the podium; however, in the 40+ I would have likely been 2nd or 3rd. (the scoring corrections were not exactly correct, but that's cool). Still, I rode what felt like my best XC race ever, ~18 miles at ~11.2mph (32:18 gearing). I have ridden that pace before in XC, but over less distance. Then again, my odometer is not dialed in so who knows, but hey, it felt fast, I definitely left it all on the course, and I did not get hurt, so all is good. My only mishaps: I had one low speed endo' during lap 1, but was able to stay on me feet, pick up the bike and get going. Then in lap two I dropped my chain in the uphill rocky/rooty area. I had to get it put back on (lost maybe 30-40 sec.) but what a fun race and a learning experience. What did I learn? you ask. I learned that XC is not my strength (actually I knew this already). The longer the race, the better I am likely to do, I mean how many people are stupid enough to want to ride for 12-24 hrs??? :)
Thanks go out to Steve Rogers and Volunteers for orchestrating such a fun event. Good Times (but next time I go 40+). ;)