As one of my favorite places to race and ride this years Jungle Habitat race did not fail to deliver. As rain moved in late Friday night and then again Saturday night conditions on the rocks were less than favorable.. This created a race course favorable to the more technical rider.. Needless to say I spent allot of time bouncing off wet rocks and roots. 11:00 AM and the Pro/Cat 1 field heads to the START line.. Now I did my usual which was to pre ride the entire course earlier.
I kicked off my 2015 NUE racing season with the Cohutta 100. Forecast one week out: high of 72, sunny skies; forecast 5 days out: 80% rain & thunder, 3 days out: 100%, day of: we awoke to the steady drip of rain onto the motel’s sign attached to the railing just outside our room. I had met up with team-mate and long-time riding buddy Jeff O’Hara in Ashville, before completing the last three hours of my 12 hour odyssey together.
We lined up for a mass start of 200+ like-minded crazies, I managed to snag a spot in the second row and off we went at a quite blistering pace up a 2+ mile road climb leading to the hole-shot into the first stretch of 20 miles of single track.
What a great race at Mooch madness 2015 !! And for me this was one that I will definately remember for a while.. First off we had a pretty large group,, 23 riders. Then as many of you know,, especially in the 40-49 group every once in a while a local pro joins us,, Roger,, Greg,, etc.. and I am totally ok with that as it mixes things up. At the start of our race Nick Morell I believe jumped out front and I followed. Close behind me was Greg and then I believe Greg.. LOL and then I believe Victor..
Great day yesterday at the Tourne for the Cycle Craft Fat Fondo. I pulled in a little after seven on a brisk single digit kind of NJ morning, and was greeted by a strong Bulldog presence - Tommy, Kris, Dom and Greg were there to work the event, and helped Cycle Craft pull off a super successful event, with somewhere north of 60 total participants. My AM task was to pre-ride the course and make sure the markings BP and I put up on Friday were still in place. Got back from my course pre-ride with twenty minutes to spare and got into race prep mode - layer shedding, bio break, drink prep, ...