My first time doing the Glocester Grind. Heard it was technical and muddy. Surely it couldn't be muddy this year! Wrong. Muddy. And yeah, technical. But I felt confident because I spent a good portion of Friday getting race ready:
|Julian with a slight lead on me and Layni in her iBert seat.|
Gabe and I were the sole Team Sea Sports representatives for the day. I gotta say, our Champion Systems kit is pretty darn sharp. And comfy. I feel like I'm riding in pajamas.
I ended up on 3rd wheel behind an NBX rider. He was going at a decent pace so I sat in and got my bearings. Taylor Clark passed on a short uphill and as he threaded between two rocks, his bike lurched sideways and SNAP! went his chain. He would DNF. That sucked for him as I have a feeling he was going to do really well.
I pushed on behind NBX guy, but wanted to pass so I could get a better view of the lines through the tech. Just when I was deciding to pass, he went down in a rooty corner. I went by and put a push in. I then rode by myself for a long time.
On the 2nd lap I passed elite rider Alby King as he was finishing a trailside repair. He went by me soon after and I kept him in sight for a while. That was cool as he was riding muddy technical sections that I chose to run the first lap. So I rode them too. He eventually put elite watts down and dropped me.
Also caught up to Mo Bruno Roy in a muddy rock garden. We both had to run it. She remounts like a CX pro. I remount like a drunk elephant. Gotta work on that.
So after all the mud and roots and rocks, I crossed in 2nd place (my fifth 2nd place finish in a row!?), about 8 earth minutes down on Shawn. Results here. Shawn was top expert. Sick. I wish we could give him a better run for it, but he's just waaay stronger.
Here's the podium pic:
(that's a joke some will get)
Overall I was happy with the day - I'm not the best technical rider, so I'm not used to that kind of riding. But it really did get more fun as the race went on, so I found myself wishing there were trails like that on Cape.
While I was racing Glocester, my wife was racing a sub-27 minute 5K in the extremely popular and awesome YPD (Yarmouth Police Dept) 5K (the video looks like it was taken on the Zapruders' camera). Her time was a personal record for her, accomplished no less on World IBD day (she has Crohn's disease). She is clearly kicking Crohn's ass.
Next race...hmmm. I really want to do Domnarski, but it's not lining up well for me right now. Gotta try to figure something out. I really want to do Pinnacle too, but it's well outside my 2 hour(ish) travel limit.
Thanks for reading!