The Buck Hill series kicked off today and I was pumped to get things rolling out there again. 130 people showed up on a bluster cool day for some fun and racing. This was the debut for the 9.9 on the dirt, and it performed admirably. I definitely think that a hardtail is the right bike for that course.
I don’t know how big the field was for the advanced mens category (results were lost but will be posted tomorrow on PennCycle.com), but it was fairly large anyway. At the starting line, I was surrounded by at least 10 Penn Cycle jerseys…it was good to see a lot of familiar faces again. A little about the race…the race was three laps, which was a good choice, as my finishing time was over an hour.
From the start, Chris Fisher went off like a crazy man…big ring, out of the saddle, etc. After less than 10 minutes of racing we had a sizeable gap. He started to slow a little, and I yelled at him, “Keep it rollin’ “ and he did! Clearly, all his hard work in the winter and early season is starting to pay off....watch out. When we hit the final pavement climb he turned to me and said “Go nuts.” I punched it a little but he wasn’t more then 15 seconds back as we hit the backside single track. I never really looked back from there. I had some trouble flowing through the fresh cut single track that we rode, but other than that, I just set stiff pace. In the end I rolled across the line solo a minute or two up on Fisher, who rode 2 laps with 15psi in his rear tire. Jesse Rients rounde out the top 3 with a strong ride as well. Well, it was nice to get the first win of the season, but now it is time to hit the sack.
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