Got the trailer loaded and heading out from Colorado this morning with our teams custom painted Ridley X-fire's. We've got guys and gal racing all days, so stop by the team parking area and say hello. Blue Sky Velo
I raced B29 this morning. The ground was hard at the start and a snotty mess by the end.
I managed to get the hole shot. Then I managed to eat it. Hard. I broke my front brake lever and spent the rest of the race powersliding through turns and crashing several more times. I'm hurtin' now!
My impressions of the course
What could have been a power rider's race, if dry, quickly turned into very technical course. Hairpin turns and off camber sections quickly became slick. There is a significant amount of climbing — for the most part you are either climbing or descending. The climbs are long, though the grades are not steep.
There are two sets of stairs, a double-barrier right before a hairpin, and a run-up that could be ridden, if not for the slick mud.
Because the course is pretty much all grass...or was grass this morning. The mud that accumulates on frames is a thick mixture of grass and soil. Wide profile brakes and open pedals — I ran Eggbeaters — were good ways to fight back against the muck.
Here's a shot of my bike after the race. Note the aggressive position of the forward-facing brake lever.
I'm sure Andrew will chime-in with his impressions of the course. I will say those who raced after us had more muck to deal with.
Here's a shot of Andrew and a Hup United teammate.
Sorry about crash and the lever.I saw your bike sitting there and it was getting alot of attention.Several people stopped to take a picture of your erect brake lever. I think they thought it was some new tricked out brake setup. :)
Independent Fabrication Planet Cross (Black w/ red panels)
I'll be the fool with his computer in a plastic bag doing live reports for everyone. Well one of a few fools I suppose. If it rains, look out for my camouflage bunker that I'll be typing out of, if you can see it that is...