Boy, this race was such serious business that I didn’t even take a photo till I was finished! And I didn’t get any photos from before the race, either, because I showed up five minutes before the starting gun, cyclocross-style. Oh well!
I can’t say enough good things about the ride. Beautiful course, good people, and fun times. East Bay riding really is some of the best around… Here’s a few observations:
- Tunnel Road is not that bad of a climb. Except when it’s at the starting line of the race and you haven’t warmed up.
- My lower back made it clear that I was sitting down WAY too much for 32C cross tires inflated to 70psi, offroad.
- Investigation of the GPS log after the ride showed various ways we could have navigated to a faster finishing time. Of course, we’d also have navigated around some sweet singletrack to do so. I think we won, in that regard.
- Cornbread is good.