Well, there were some mud bogs at Hop Brook but it certainly wasn't sloppy seconds as everyone thought it was going to be. I think the CAT1 racers probably got it the worst but by 2 PM it firmed up nicely. I think the ECHO Elders need to administer some disciplinary action on two of their members, those two brothers who wussed out on today's race. I think the brothers need to wear the tube of shame (which should be a 29er tube) on their next ride. ECHO was represented by Zac, though who took 6th in the CAT 2 race for the 19 to 29 yr olds.
My goal was to finish and that I did but it was an interesting ride to say the least. I think I had the wrong rear cog for this course. I was racing 34:22t when I probably should have had a 21t or 2ot because in the flats it was spin class with no resistance. 22t is my climbing cog but there were 2 climbs there were simply brutal and I walked both times. I don't think my time was all that hot, 1 hr 31 min, and 10 out of 10, but I am not racing to beat anyone, except maybe myself.
Since Thursday's training ride I have been having a few issues with the bike. I replaced my chain on Wednesday because the old chain was creaking like crazy. I think that chain was used on my Fixation and Qball and it was high time it was replaced. The new chain was making noise on Thursday so on Friday I flip flopped the cog with a spacer and lubed it up and that worked for the most part. The other issue I was having was the with the front brake. I wasn't getting enough braking power with it.
Saturday morning I re-adjusted it and thought I had it. In the parking lot it wasn't quite there yet so fortunately I had time to adjust it. By race time I thought I did but it wasn't quite right. Descending one of the big down hill sections my front wheel almost came off so I stopped and tightened the QR down even more, and that seemed to fix the problem all together. I think I might take the wheel in and get it looked at.
Of course what motivated me the whole time was thinking about that ice cold PBR I had sitting in the cooler.
ECHO Elders, take note. Zac is a trooper. Makes the schlep over to Western CT, races, and is rewarded with an ice cold PBR!