I was disappointed that I couldn't wear my headphones...because it does make a world of difference when trying to stick to a steady pace..but I was manly enough to accept that I couldn't and I put mine away...And I seen a few spots that looked like there was tracks indicating someone took a shortcut, but I wasn't sure, and didn't witness it personally, or I would have said something. My team was one of the slowest most undertrained teams out there, and if we can ride the full course, so can everyone else.
I had two pro-level guys trying to pass me and another amateur right at the end of techno pig, and I ended up having to say something to them to the effect of "Guys if you give us 15 seconds the trail opens up in about 100 feet, and you guys will have plenty of room, without running me and him into the palmettos"
he made an angry grunt and passed us anyway.
so I forced him to ride in the palmettos to do it.
He almost crashed, and he shredded some palm fronds in his attempt..yeah real classy, shred our trails and our foliage, so you don't lose 4 seconds.
I almost wish the advanced riders, rode in the morning, and beginners in the afternoon, or vice versa..
Its hard enough on beginners without pro's riding up your bum, no matter how fast you go, they are faster...and this is the second year in a row, I have encountered rude, and snobby racers in this race..Now the MTB'er in me, wants to be nice to everyone, and share in the kindred spirit of what we do..but the raging competitive, testosterone laced adrenaline junkie in me, wants to shove these guys into an oak tree as they pass me, making comments..Lukily for them, the cool headed side of me prevails most of the time. But separating the pros from the joes would benefit all of us, i think.