This was a great race and one I plan on doing again next year. Harvey and Eddie were just amazing to watch, turning such quick lap times in the dark after riding all day was inspiring. Great job to all the swampers.
I gained a lot of needed experience in this race. In contrast to the sm100, which just felt I had to survive, I wanted to be a little more competitive here. I tried to start strong but got mired in a line of slow riders that refused to yield. Eventually I started vocalizing my displeasure, in a nice way, and a group of us were able to pass. My second lap was much better I still had a lot of traffic to deal with but it was a little easier to pick off the slower riders. I felt strong, stopped at the pit for some food and a bottle change and rode out for lap 3. On this lap I realized I was making a crucial error in the way I was running my race. I would tend to link up with riders that were going "about" my speed and kind of shadow them for a while. I knew I was slightly faster then they were but for some reason I was content to ride behind them. Usually I would pass them on a climb (which felt good) and continue on, but I am sure this cost me some positions on the course. Lap 4 started with another pit and then I set out. Determined not to "fall in" behind other riders like I did in the previous laps I set out. I was riding strong and I felt good. I was passing people and was on pace for my fastest lap yet when disaster struck. I was bombing down one of the faster sections when at the bottom, and going quite fast, I crashed because of some loose soil. I had the wind knocked out of me and felt stunned for a few minutes. My left leg was hurting especially in the knee / shin area. After a few minutes (8 -9 ?) I collected my self and started to finish my lap. Soon after this Harvey came by and offered some words of encouragement as he speed by. Sorry I did not answer Harvey I was momentarily lost in my pain
. Got back to the pits and Factore was there. I can't really remember what we talked about except I got the impression everyone was close behind me (NOT
) and quickly swallowing a BC powder and some food I took off. Lap 5 was brutal for me. My knee was singing and it hurt to breathe. I struggled through the lap and started to feel a little better about half way through. Morrison was in there some where and he said hello as I passed. Namrita passed me with about 3 miles to go so I grabbed her wheel and followed her out. I was in time for a 6th lap but decided that my race was over. Good thing, my knee was the size of a watermelon this morning. Also when I cleaned up that night I found quite a few cuts and scrapes on my leg from the crash. So I was sitting in the pits waiting for the other swampers to come in and talking with the neighbors. It was over an hour until Morrison came in and much longer for you others (dig dig)
. So I beat you guys in the race and I beat you to the cooler LOL. Joking aside I felt everyone did great and I look forward to doing more of these with you guys.
The course was great. It had a nice mixture of climbs and downhills. The trails were well groomed and wide enough for passing in most places. There was a root climb that was somewhat tricky due to the fact that it was directly after a large puddle. This made for a wet rear tire that wanted to go sideways instead of forward every time I attempted it. There was also a section, at about mile 7 - 9, that was very muddy and damp. It gave me more "oh *" moments than I care to remember. I never went down in this section but it made for some slower going. Laps ended with a very nice flowing fast section that was a lot of fun, then onto the gravel road which apparently I was not riding fast enough because I did not fall on it. This section is right where Marcel's tent was and it made for some nice spectating later in the race. Also for the record I cannot give anyone a "Briskie", your on your own for that one. Sorry Bob