2010 Fat Tire Classic

Today, I rode the Fat Tire Classic at Winding Trails in Farmington, Connecticut. The race is part of the Root 66 Northeast XC Race Series. I’ve done the race many times and I like Winding Trails as a venue. The Cat 1 race was a four lap 20 mile leg burner that I did in 1:48:52. Despite yesterday’s rain, the course was mostly dry. Winding Trails has sandy soil, so it drains well. The one spot of mud was enough for the whole course. It came at the 4.5 mile mark on the lap and was a hub deep bog that you had to slog through.

I didn’t walk at all. I was able to ride the tricky and slippery steepest climb on the course every lap. Β I was really happy with my split times. My laps were 26:19, 27:08, 27:46, and 27:53. I didn’t slow nearly as much as in past years. The first lap is always faster because of all the riders. It gets harder when you are on your own and you have to push the pace without the pack.

This race is like a time trial, which is why I like doing it. It is a good training for the upcoming triathlons. I rode from Bolton on my road bike and Debbie and the kids met me at the venue. They brought my mountain bike and I switched up just in time for the start. They got some good numbers at the race today. It looked like a bigger field than last year. The weather was a mix of sun, clouds, and rain. It was a weird day on a weird weather weekend. It felt like Scotland, where the weather, especially in the early spring, is described as “changeable.”

I was joined by teammate, Art Roti, who had a good ride and also finished under two hours. The full results weren’t available when we left the race, but I know that we didn’t win…

My bike performed reasonably well. I had a few shifting issues. Next year, I would like to do this race on a 29er. It is the perfect course for the larger diameter wheels. Of course, I don’t have a 29er, so if I’m going to ride one, I’ll have to get one.

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