This was the first time I have been to this event.
What an amazing setting. There were so many energetic and supportive spectators out there. Even along the 50-mile course, I was amazed how many people were along it cheering us on. I would definitely recommend this event to anyone. The Friday night crit was painful. I heard we climbed around 1300 feet in 35min. But once again, the crowd was loud. I finished 3rd and was psyched. With the 50-mile race, luck was not with me at the beginning. I didn’t have a chance to pre-ride the course and I was alone and passed the turn off. I guess there were people there yesterday to point out the turn, but not for our race. The yellow flags that were suppose to point out the turn were pretty well hidden since that dirt road was traveled quite a bit. So a few of us got lost. Luckily a couple in a truck drove by me and told me I was way off course… otherwise I was close to climbing to the top of the mountain. Once I turned around and was back on course I was sitting in last place. But that’s ok… now I had a goal to catch people. The course was definitely a 29er-friendly course. There was a ton of dirt road and pavement on it.
Me and my 26-inch Orbea and Stan’s wheels managed to finish in 10th and still in the money! Sweet.