2015 Fat Tire Classic

I got a great workout at today’s Fat Tire Classic at Winding Trails in Farmington, Connecticut. This is a race I’ve done many times, so it is a great benchmark. It was the second race in this year’s Root 66 Northeast XC Mountain Bike Series. The weather was cooler than normal, but the trails were dry, but still grippy.

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I was happy with my ride. I was able to maintain my pace without slowing too much in the second half of the 20 mile/four lap race. I felt like my last lap was pretty strong. I rode my single speed Seven Sola and cleared a tough hill on the last lap that I had run the previous three. It was a great way to finish strongly.

Despite the lack of any spring warmth, there were a lot of people at today’s race. The fields seemed larger than at Hop Brook two weeks ago. We got to see many friends. Debbie, our kids, and our niece and nephew hung out and played while I rode. We will be back at Winding Trails in June for the Summer Tri Series. Three other Horst Engineering Cycling Team riders tackled today’s race. Mike Wonderly had a strong ride, as did Paul Nyberg, and Art Roti.

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I was worried that my four-minute effort at yesterday’s Fight For Air Climb would tire me out, but alas, I didn’t have much to worry about. I rallied and despite still hacking from the stairwell dust, I got in another good effort as I work my way back to full strength.

Race Results (will be posted when available)

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