Sunday, March 10, 2013
Meltdown at Harris 6 hr Race
This is one of those races I enjoy and dread at the same time. Running the rigid fork here is brutal. The trail at Harris Lake has lots of roots and is tight and twisty. Just when you think you have some flow going you are battling roots and turns at the same time. The course was 7 miles and knowing you will be doing numerous laps is just as much mental as it is physical. The field was small with solo and duo teams. Once they gave the go I went hard to get into the woods as close to the front as possible. I ended up going into the woods 6th overall and 2nd in single speed category. About halfway through the first lap I made it past 2 racers and fell into a comfortable pace. I knew the 1st place single speeder was strong and was leading the race, so I knew pushing it wasn't going to help me at this point. More worried about possibly being caught by the other single speed guys or anyone else since I was close to the front of the field. I ended up getting passed on lap 7 by a guy who was flying down the trail, and come to find out he was on a duo team. As I started lap 8 one of the guys I know that was ahead of me was just sitting in the pits. I ended up passing the other 2 single speeders and put them a lap down. Not bad that only 1 duo team was ahead of me out of 11. I finished 9 laps in 5:48:01, 2nd in SS category and 4th overall.