Sunday was my 1st mountain bike race of 2011 but my 3rd dirt race of the year.
Leland-Kermesse was dirt race #2 and stands as the toughest of the 3; 65 miles of dirt, mud, gravel and pavement. Oh, and completely flat. Racing on the flats is tougher than racing in the mountains, there are no downhill sections to recover it’s pedal, pedal, pedal. I tried to debut the new CarboRocket jersey and the stylie Bonebell / X-Men combo arm warmers.
Sunday I hit Oglesby, IL for stop #2 of the Illinois Homegrown Series the Matthiassen Mountain Madness and my 1st mountain bike race of the year. I also debuted the new Rhodamine Red 333 jersey. I think it goes really well with the orange CR bibs, no?
The thing about racing in the woods is that you never know if anyone is ahead of or behind you until you find yourself right on top of them or they on top of you. The idea of having a carrot is non-existent. I finished 8th but 5th, 6th and 7th place were all within 60 seconds of me yet I never saw them on course. Damn trees!
Next up – May 14th, WEMS Stump Farm (stumps=carrots?) 100!