I think I might even beat Velonews with the results today. I had a really good start and was sitting in the top 10 through the opening u-turns and then up the first climb. Guys were going crazy on the downhills and crashing all over, it was crazy dusty and rutted out that it was almost impossible to see the trail. I was just off the back of the 2nd chase group after the first lap so I had to suffer pretty hard in the headwinds on the flats and the gaps opened up there. Matt Kelly caught me somewhere mid race and we rode together for most of the third and fourth lap. He was riding a little stronger than me and would gap me on the climbs, then I'd pass him while he took a dust bath on the downhills, I think he crashed about 10 times but he did get me in the end so that was cool.
We caught almost all the women and it was really bad, I think Shonny was the only woman not to get caught! I tangled bars with one girl on the last lap while I was bridging across to a group of three guys and put her in the dirt, I felt really bad but unfortunately I don't think she was the only one it happend too and I ended up not being able to get on the group then too. The course was really hard, but there were just waaaaaay too many people on it, it was actually just as bad as a WORS race with all the traffic.
It was a pretty fun race though, it fit my style of racing more than the normal NORBA does so I thought it was good.
I also traded out my SID for a Reba and it was a world of difference, my bike was actually steering on the decents instead of randomly bouncing around.
I rolled in 20th place and was pretty happy with that considering how I've felt for the last few weeks. I think there is more in me too so hopefully this race will at least allow me to start 2nd row again at the next race.