This past weekend the OMBA was held on Saturday which worked great as Ian had a two day basketball tourney in Carthage, MO and his first game wasn't until that afternoon.
Lot's of regional races going on so the fields were lighter than typical, but a decent bunch of guys showed up for the marathon event. 360 Racing teammate Doug Long and local mtb guru Mark Gullett were on hand and would make for a good race.
Three hours on a 5.7 mile loop (the smoothest sections of Sac were used) had me guessing we'd easily knock out six laps (and we did). After a good start I led into the woods, but pulled over letting Mark take the lead as he is so much smoother on single track and I was holding him up a bunch.
Course was wet (not good on the tons of roots and rocks) for the first half then dried as the sun came out making it a much faster and way less technical. At the end of three laps Mark was gone up front and was told Doug wasn't too far behind. I felt better and smoother the longer the race went and at the start of the sixth lap the folks at the start/finish line said Mark was only 45 seconds up; time to ramp it up even more. The last lap was the hardest I've ridden in quite a while and with about 1.5 miles to go I caught Mark. I jumped around him on a short punchy climb and buried myself for the next minute opening a huge gap. I was fortunate to hold that gap to the finish and snag 1st place. Mark came in shortly after followed by Doug.
Once again I had a blast on the ol' SS hardtail as it was perfect for that course.
|Jumped to the front prior to the single track; shortly |
after I yielded that position to Mark
Cale and the Mercy-Kuat crew got us up on off the podium in record time and I immediately hit the road to meet up with Deb and D to catch Ian's games.
|Always fun getting an 'envelop' at the end of a race...|
Trying to decide between the 5.5hr drive to Lake Wilson in Kansas for the Kansas Fat Tire Festival (Saturday afternoon marathon race and Sunday a 29 mile Open XC race) or put on the 'skinny tires' and race the 2 day 3 event VeloTek GP in Lawrence (2.75 hours). Pros and cons to each. Probably decide on Wednesday or Thursday...