|Rockin' the 29nsngl kit|
Photo by On the Mark Sports
They let the Single Speed Category loose on the course at 12:20 and it was on from the start when the siren went off. The start line was maybe 40 yards from the entrance to the trail, so I had to mash on the pedals hard to hopefully get the hole shot or at least be close to the front. I hit the trail running 3rd, but there was a nice line behind me that was pressing hard. It seemed 1st and 2nd were trying to keep the pace down and with really no passing areas on the trails were going to be tricky. So, I thought I would be nice and ask to pass, so that is what I did. I can't blame the guy when I asked I got the response of, "what?" So, I asked again and he said sure at the next time that it was possible. I went around in the first 2 miles and sat on 1st places rear wheel until about 5.5 miles when it widened out and was smooth, so I took a drink from the bottle and let 3rd go around me. We crossed the start/finish line nose to tail and stayed like that until about 10 miles when 2nd made his move and he was gone. We tried to stay with his pace, but backed off since 4th on back looked to be maybe a minute behind us. I spent the rest of the race seeing 2nd through the woods and looking back and seeing 4th and 5th not that far behind me also. There was no letting up for the entire 3rd lap for it looked like 4th was trying to close the gap and he was. I crossed the line in 3rd at 1:32:19 for 21 miles (3 laps).
I only ended up drinking one bottle of fluid and two Gu packets the entire race. After uploading my Garmin 500 to Strava it really showed what kind of suffering was going on during the race for me by my heartrate.