I got back from Big Bear last night. I took today off to unpack, clean and recover.
We didn't do so great, team was plagued with mechanicals. Derailleur torn off, broken spoke, 2 flat tires, 1 light malfunction. Sent one guy to the hospital. He face planted on a rock. He had to get a bunch of stitches. I couldn't tell how many from all the blood and swelling. I think he cracked his front teeth. Again, hard to tell. His lip was swelled up so much he looked like a duck.
The race was brutal. The heat and humidity were very high. I'd estimate temps form 85-95F during the day. My short sleeve jersey was soaked with sweat, even on my 3AM lap. I did 24 hours of Conyers, 2 years ago, I had to wear long sleeves at night for that race!
The course was wet. It was nearly impossible to ride some of the swampy areas. Racers started ridinging through the bushes at the sides. As the race went on the course dries out somewhat. Some of the racers liked the conditions. Personally, I liked the looser, wetter mud. The mud started to become like peanut butter toward the end of the race. There were a lot of rock gardens at the top and toward the 9-10 mile mark. During daylight I could ride these. At night I had to walk through. I was having visions of face planting in one of those gardens. (this is the same area I did a pile driver and broke my helmet previously this season)
I didn't sleep much. The camp ground was in the middle of an old air strip. Being in my tent was like being in an Easy Bake Oven!
There were a lot, of 29 inch bikes, more than I have seen at any of my previous races. The 29ers outnumbered 26 inch bikes probably more than 2 to 1.
Saw a lot of great racers. Tinker was there. He is amazing, thats about all I can say. He was pulling 13 mile laps at like 1:10 to 1:15 riding solo. My fastest laps were like in the 1:30 range on a 3-4 man team.
Preparation and rest is the name of the 24 hours game. Having everything laid out and ready to go is an advantage. You don't want to be mixing bottles of endurance drink, looking for your socks, or chain lube at 3AM.
I had better get to unpacking.
Anyone for 24 hours of 7 Springs?