"That bike is PINK!!" (6 hours of Conyers Race Report)
I don't know how many times I heard "That bike is pink!!" yesterday. Yeah, it's pink all right. Can't miss me coming.....
The race itself was great, Dirty Spokes Productions puts on a smooth running event. My race was plagued with stomach problems..worst I've had in a race all year (I've had them all week, so that didn't help either). It was hot, and the course was rough on SS. After three hours, all the climbs were starting to hurt a lot. I knew, though, that 2nd place wasn't too far back, and I also knew that she was walking all the climbs. Riding them as often as possible is what would let me keep my lead. I was dreading doing 9 laps, but fortunately I didn't make the cutoff, and I ended up with 8 laps. That was good enough for 1st place solo singlespeed female AND BONUS!! 1st place solo female overall! Yup, not only did I come in 1st of the SS females, I came in ahead of all the geared females! I also did the same number of laps as the winning female team. I sure didn't expect any of that, so that was a nice surprise. Not to say it wasn't painful, though.
The rigid 29er Jabberwocky was great. The big wheels, 2.55 front tire, and Pitchfork made my first race on no suspension bearable. The only thing that sucked was the brake bumps that develop on this trail...one descent in particular was just sheer pain after 5 hours..I dreaded it more than the steep climbs. I'm not sure I will race this bike for the endurance stuff much. I have to admit suspension is nice after 6 hours in the saddle. However, the bike will be my primary riding/training bike from now on. Did I mention how pretty it is?? Hodge did an awesome job with the wheels, too. I got tons of complements on them.
Tired, huh?Womens SS Podium
Thanks to Eddie for the support, and also to Scott Hodge & Cody from Addictive Cycles. Thanks also to Vassago Cycles and WTB for setting me up with a fast pink bike. Time to get ready for the next one! More pictures here and Carl Mesta's are here.