Quick report on a fast, (mostly) well run, and successful race:
So I signed up for the category 3 race which was only 6+ miles. I was a little hesitant to drive all the way up to NH for a 6 mile race, but I wasn’t disappointed. The race was in Bear Brook State Park, which is just south of Concord, NH, it’s actually a very easy drive off of 93. I only got to ride the race trails but it seems like a great place to ride otherwise. The trails are fast and flow-y, without much tech, at least on the trails we were on. It seems like there is a lot of riding to be done there, it’s probably worth a trip. My girlfriend Julia came with me, but unfortunately, based on how the course was set up, there wasn’t much spectating to be had.
On to the race: As I said above, I signed up for the Cat 3 race. It was a USAC sanctioned race, so I felt like I was obliged to do the cat 3 race, as that is what I am, but 6 miles is a bit short, and when I did Weeping Willow last year, I did the Cat 2 race (or the equivalent thereof). All that said, it seemed like they were letting people do whatever race they wanted which was kinda annoying, as I think I probably have Cat 2 ability.
We got staged in the standard MTB fashion, with the 19-29 first, 30-39 next, and then the 40-49 (my group). Then the 50+’s, lastly the ladies and juniors.