73 mile Dirt Road race. West Virginia. 7000' of climbing. 4th overall.
So I had no idea what to expect. All roads are supposedly West Virginia "state roads."
I got my bike cleaned up at the bike shop, new cables, new hanger, new rear derailer.
I figured it was an early jump on the cross season... right?
Then somebody was like "yeah until it is wrecked again at the end of the day." I didnt believe that it would be super gnarly.
The race basically unfolded like a horror movie. There were like 8 of us, then the course grabbed a few and killed them. Some dude stacked it crazy hard through the mud, and Gunnar flatted. Then we kept running. Then Pflug cracked his rim on a gnarly hole, and flatted. We kept running. My shifting broke and they kept running. Gorski flatted and the two leaders (Mihalik and Ruggs) rode away. I hope they have some sort of survivor's guilt.
The race was super well done. Of all endurance events I have done, I believe it was the best marked (coming from a dude who gets lost a fair amount). The Iron Cross is a close second, but I remember there being a panic moment during that race where I was convinced that I was lost.
Everybody should check the event out, its pretty rad.
Garmin File / Map
My bike before. Muddy and needing lots of work.
My bike after. Muddy and needing lots of work.