It will be fun to race my SS against the Expert geared guys to see how I do, but also, the SS Open class only does 2 laps around this particular singletrack course, whereas the Expert class does 3 laps. So this will also let me get an extra racing lap in (more bang for my buck I guess).
I think I can keep up with the geared guys, but it is going to be extremely difficult. There is a relative long flat open stretch before we hit singletrack or any hills where these guys will be maching in their big ring and my only chance will be to get on their wheels and draft my ass off. But once we get to the singletrack I should be able to keep pace and I know I will be able to beat them up the two major climbs that there are so we will see.
My biggest dilemma will be what gear to run. I'll be racing my Ventana 29'er, and I usually do well on this course with a 34x16. I'm thinking I may have to go to a 34x15 to keep up with these geared guys on the flats better, but since I'll be doing an extra lap tonight, I'm not sure my legs will be able to stay on top of a 34x15 for that last lap. Hmm...I think I'll stick with 34x16 and just try not to get dropped too bad on the flats so I can hopefully real them in on the climbs.
We will see!!