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I'm in. I was comfortably sitting on the fence waiting to see the forecast till RiotMTB called me out on facebook for not having registered. I'm a sucker to peer pressure.

Not looking forward to that rail trail. Not looking forward to lose long stretches of exposed road. Certainly not looking forward to the rail trail on the way back in.
 

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Super fun event I thought - conditions were way better than last year but the cold was bitter - rode with some sweet guys in a nice draft train for a good 3/4 of the race. Definitely less people out compared to last year however

Ended up extending it to 74.5km as well which I wasn't expecting - 72-74 was a push of pain for me.

Ended up 41 overall - was happy with that considering I don't ride much road

Was awesome passing all those Mennonite buggies however!

The worst part for me was my D literally froze on the last 25K before the rail trail - the wind was super strong and cut right through my cham and pants - I was actually contemplating retiring right there but held in it until the head wind died down :lol:

That and my only water bottle fell out when I hit a massive pothole 8km in! Good thing I had some Clif Shot Blocks or I would of bonked and died for sure!
 

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By far the most insane weather conditions I have ever raced in. -12c on the start, plus windchill. Was wearing enough layers to take me up to Clydesdale weight.

This was supposed to be a tune-up race for me. But of course, the red mist descended after the start and it became a race of epic proportions. I had scoped out the dreaded rail trail before the start. It was packed snow but I could tell that the more bikes went through it the more chewed up it would become. I decided I did not want to risk crashing and injury this early in the season and made the decision I would tuck it, take it easy and not take any dumb risks. As it turned out, a lot of people must have had the same idea and I passed a lot of riders. They cut the rail trail section a little short this year, apparently because the last few km were a bit sketchy.

Anyway, got out onto the road and was pretty much by myself, although 14Stone, whom I assume has been doping all winter, was a little way ahead. I caught him and he returned the favour by dropping me on a climb. I caught him again and passed him, and bridged up to a couple of guys. We got a decent pace line going and around 30k, caught a bigger group just as we were going onto a long false flat going into the wind. Sat in and then pulled ahead with my original group. At this point one of my teammates mentioned that I had been spending a fair amount of time pulling, and suggested I take a rest for a few km. so I did. Just as 14stone found another gear and left our group behind.

At this point we were at 50k. I decided to go on the attack too and promptly bonked (I went with a water bottle full of perpetuum as I knew I would not be able to open gels with bulky gloves, and the bottle had frozen up by then). If it hadn't been for a banana at the feed station at around 55km, I doubt I would have finished.

Made it back to the rail trail and started grinding. The snow covered sections were fine. The dirt sections were like riding through oatmeal. Up the hill to the finish and collapse into a sobbing heat in the finish line, 16th of 44 in my category, 30 mins out of first, and pretty much right in the middle of the pack overall. There is some room for improvement but this bodes pretty well for me being able to keep up with Rocket Dog at the P2A
 

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By far the most insane weather conditions I have ever raced in. -12c on the start, plus windchill. Was wearing enough layers to take me up to Clydesdale weight.

This was supposed to be a tune-up race for me. But of course, the red mist descended after the start and it became a race of epic proportions. I had scoped out the dreaded rail trail before the start. It was packed snow but I could tell that the more bikes went through it the more chewed up it would become. I decided I did not want to risk crashing and injury this early in the season and made the decision I would tuck it, take it easy and not take any dumb risks. As it turned out, a lot of people must have had the same idea and I passed a lot of riders. They cut the rail trail section a little short this year, apparently because the last few km were a bit sketchy.

Anyway, got out onto the road and was pretty much by myself, although 14Stone, whom I assume has been doping all winter, was a little way ahead. I caught him and he returned the favour by dropping me on a climb. I caught him again and passed him, and bridged up to a couple of guys. We got a decent pace line going and around 30k, caught a bigger group just as we were going onto a long false flat going into the wind. Sat in and then pulled ahead with my original group. At this point one of my teammates mentioned that I had been spending a fair amount of time pulling, and suggested I take a rest for a few km. so I did. Just as 14stone found another gear and left our group behind.

At this point we were at 50k. I decided to go on the attack too and promptly bonked (I went with a water bottle full of perpetuum as I knew I would not be able to open gels with bulky gloves, and the bottle had frozen up by then). If it hadn't been for a banana at the feed station at around 55km, I doubt I would have finished.

Made it back to the rail trail and started grinding. The snow covered sections were fine. The dirt sections were like riding through oatmeal. Up the hill to the finish and collapse into a sobbing heat in the finish line, 16th of 44 in my category, 30 mins out of first, and pretty much right in the middle of the pack overall. There is some room for improvement but this bodes pretty well for me being able to keep up with Rocket Dog at the P2A
what happened to 14Stone? You dropped him from the end of your report for some reason...
 
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