Last Sunday, I raced the Fat Tire Classic at Winding Trails in Farmington Connecticut. This was the third Root 66 Race Series event of the year and my second. Winding Trails is one of my favorite venues and I can’t wait for the summer Tri Series to begin.
The five mile loop that we ride for the mountain bike course is slightly different from the bike leg of the triathlon course. The Fat Tire Classic loop is a little more technical, but it is still a fast and mostly flat course. We got a chance to hang out with some friends. Horst Engineering Cycling Team mates, Paul Nyberg, and Art Roti were both on the course with me and at one point, we were all together, which was neat.
I did the four lap singlespeed race. It was a good day to get in some miles. I did a lap of the course as a warmup too. I had an OK race. I wasn’t as strong as Hop Brook Dam two weeks ago, but I am still feeling the Traprock 50K in my legs.
I also had a wicked first lap crash that slowed me a bit. I took a turn to hard and clipped a log that was across the trail. It sent me flying. I had to compose myself before continuing on. It was a wild one, but thankfully wasn’t any worse.
The last lap was quite a bit slower for me. There were a few muddy sections towards the end of the loop that were more annoying that tough. I enjoyed the encouragement of the spectators on the few short steep climbs. Winding Trails is a great venue for families. The kids both raced and they had a blast on the various playgrounds. It’s a shame that it was so cold and raw. That’s the kind of spring we have been having, so there is no use complaining about it. We have all been toughened up by the 2014 weather.
Race Results (will be posted when available)