About FactorE's crash, I am thinking back to when I did my first races and not being used to anything that was happening out there on the course, I remember whenever I came across the photographers I was always startled by them. Number one, I would be exhausted and justtrying to get through the course, the photographers would always be positioned at one of the most technical sections because it makes a great shot, you hit the technical section and Bam!!!, right next to the course in the bushes is something unexpected and it can startle you. I wonder if FactorE made a mistake because of being startled? Once you get used to it, you look for the photographer so you can hot dog it! Art caught me off guard, so I'm hoping he photo-shops my pic a little bit, maybe put about 2 feet of air under my tires!!
it was really packed up going into sinkhole and there was no space between riders - after a dismall attempt at a run at the start, i was well back in the pack. there is the big steep climb with the root 3/4 of the way up. rider stalls out in front of me - i try to go around him and when i try and torque over the root, i back flipped and then cartwheeled onto that big boulder.
uneventful except I was un-nerved through the technacil section due to still being shell shocked from that wreck.
pulled over to let aster rider pass right into a big spider web - one of those big ass spiders is dangling from my helmet gets my attention and i run my shoulder into a tree
there is a little tricky climb that is followed by a downhill with a root that runs straight down it - it was getting rutted pretty bad by this lap and when i cam,e over the climb my front tire went on the right side of the root and my rear tire went on left - needless to say it threw me off hard - knocking the wind out of me.
i limp around it is getting dark from the dark clouds rolling in - i miss time a turn and go over the top of a berm and fall for the third time on same arm (same on i hit on the tree as well)
get up dust myself off and then make my way to sinkhole when the bottom falls out - it is lightening like crazy - and pouring HARD.
as i try and gather myself a 12 year old boy that lost walking around comes running up screaming and crying - we are on top of a ridge so i take him down to the bottom of a valley so that we are not on top of a hill in all that lightening. we ride the storm out and I finally calm him down. I then walk the rest of the trail out and walk him to his family. As bad as I was hurting, the joke is who was out in the woods crying and who walked who out...haha The guys at the scorer bench heard what happened and gave me credit for the last lap - They put me at the end of the 5th lap - so i ended up being the last place of the 5 lap riders.
i did 35 miles at the croom 35/50 - this was waaaaaay harder than that.
I wasnt going to go out on for the 5th lap but I saw Marcel as hurt as he was with the ribs tough it out and I got up dusted myself off and got back out there.
Marcel..much respect for your performance...very very good