Fat Tire Classic

I rode the Fat Tire Classic mountain bike race today at Winding Trails in Farmington, Connecticut. It was more like the Hot Tire Classic! We experienced nearly 90F heat, which is darn warm for April. The race was the second one in the 2009 Root 66 Northeast XC Race Series. I’ve done this race quite a few times over the years and have done many adventure races and cyclocross races at Winding Trails, so I know the place well. Debbie and I even had our Jack & Jill there…and yes, there were both a MTB ride and a run. The five mile loop is a classic course with lots of speed, some singletrack, and some short punchy uphills. You can ride it mostly in the big ring, though laps three and four are always a bit slower.ย 


I felt pretty good today, despite the heat. My training is really ramping up with the first triathlon less than a month away. Debbie and I ran some trails for an hour this morning at Brookvale Park in Cheshire, Connecticut, before I headed to Winding Trails for a long warm-up. I pre-rode the course once to get a handle on the technical corners and to plan when and where to shift gears. You can’t afford to lose your momentum on the Winding Trails loop. You have to push hard every time there is a flat our downhill.

Today was all about the dust. There were only a few muddy spots, and they were mostly an annoyance. The pace was high right from the start. The Cat 1 field was stacked with veteran talent. I’m always amazed at how fast some of the 40+ and 50+ guys are. They started a couple minutes behind us and some of them were catching me within two laps. Notably, Andrew Chambers, a fabulous 50+ rider, caught me on the final lap. He was with one other 50+ rider, who went on to win. I stayed with the two of them for 10 minutes or so. They had a great battle going and it was fun to watch. Eventually, I lost touch, but pacing off of them really helped me get to the finish sooner. I’ll have to actually get better if I plan to ride like them when I’m 50!ย 

After the race, I warmed down with Horst-Benidorm-PRC teammate, Art Roti, who was all done up in his GT Dirt Coalition kit and was riding his fancy all carbon fiber rig. Art also had a decent race. We didn’t hang around for the results, but we both agreed that just getting out consistently would pay dividends later in the season when our bigger objectives come into focus.


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1 Response to “Fat Tire Classic”

  1. 1 SL 27 April 2009 at 6:01 am

    The 50+ hammer who beat Andrew Chambers was Bob Bisson. Nice job!

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