What a great race I did today. Held in the OC at the Blackstar RV Park, it was the 2nd of the Warrior Society Shimano Sundown Sprint Series. The course was about 4 miles and it was a sprint to the finish. There were lots of fireroad climbs and it was getting packed down from the previous race. There was one hike-a-bike section which was very loose. There was one downhill called Warrior's Hill which was a very steep and tight switchback. Most of the time I was behind my seat holding on for dear life. But I managed except for one tight turn where I had to dismount and run down to the flatter spot. The rest was more fireroad climbs and it ended with a doubletrack downhill. One spot was particularly loose where I ate it and came out with some minor scratches. I finished with a time of 37.17, 6th place (last) in the Open Men 18-35. Afterwards there was pasta and drinks for the racers. The event went on unitll about 9:00 and it was fun. There will be one last race on July 14 and Im probably going to finish up the series.
So one question: Should I move down from Open Men 18-35 cat to the Novice Men 15-18 for the next race. It seems like my time is comparable to those of the novice riders. Keep in mind im just starting sport and on most races I am in the Jr sport 17-18 class. Im not used to riding with the faster guys. The fastest time was 24 min in my class. Maybe im just trying to sandbag the class.
Getting ready before the race
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