What a cool course.
Today I got crushed by Joe Dombrowski and Jerimiah Bishop on the dirt and gravel climb.
At least I didn't flat like Dave Fuentes who was off the front. Or Jared Nieters, who was with Joe and Jeremiah.
The group was pretty much all together at the halfway, around Middleburg. After that, Dave and the Scottish Dude jumped away. Jeremiah and Joe D chased, and most every one rotated.
They were still off by the dirt climb, which is near the finish. At the beginning of the climb, which was steep gravel, most everyone left dropped me. Slowly I caught guys, passed Dave who flatted, passed Jared who flatted and passed the Scottish Dude who thought he flatted but didn't. Last on the dirt climb was Jeremiah and Joe who were riding side by side talking. When I finally made contact with them, the upped the tempo and dropped me. I followed there lines in the dirt down the decent, rode by myself in the head wind and came in 3rd.
Jeremiah said Joe won by suddenly throwing his bike at the line as they talked.
Today, everyone seemed stronger than me, but it was a difficult hard and fun course. Can't wait till next time so I can be humbled again.