It is always good to take something useful away from one of these races. Today, I was really concentrating on some of the technical things that I’ve been working on for the last few weeks - cornering – pedaling into/through the corners, keeping my weight back, loading up the outside pedal, and sort of leading into corners with my head – and the body well follow. I think I’ve made some progress. Our course today was similar to much of what we ride around here so it was a time to put these techniques into practice. I really have progressed, but our first lap had me riding like I’ve never taken a bike off road. I came to a dead stop 5 times – two of which I crashed to the ground and the other three times I was left standing watching the competition ride away. The lesson for the day. On a new course you need to preride the course and to do it a race pace. During our preride we were just warming up our legs and kind of learning the course. It was so hot that I kept us riding easy. So, I need to preride faster and learn about the corners, hills, rocks, sand, trees … near race pace.
The second two laps were fine.