As I mentioned in this post over on XXC's Tumblr site, I somehow committed to racing the 30+ mile XC race at Hanson Hills on Sunday. I am in no real shape to race; fitness is down, weight is up, pain is steady, but who cares? I had the chance to race my bike in the woods and hang out with my friends.
I raced the Expert 40-49 class and hoped for the best. Well you need more than hope when you go up against a bunch of old, fast Michigan race dudes. Damn!
I pretty much rode the whole race by myself. Not sure where I finished, but I am almost certain it was DFL. My friend Chris, a pretty fast racer, finished 18th of 21 in our class, so I pretty much have to believe I was last. Ha! Oh well, 30+ miles of singletrack isn't a shabby way to spend a day.
A last minute change of plans has the new Reba on the Ti El Mariachi. The E.M. is too goof of a bike to be the "B" bike. So to add some comfort I will be adding a Thudbuster L.T. to it. I've heard some real good things about the post, so I am anxious to try it out. Hope to get it in time to get a couple rides on before the 8 Hours of Canonsburg this Saturday. I can not believe I am doing that race given my current state. I am an idiot.
Or am I f*cking genius??? Let's find out this Saturday, eh.