On November 13th, the Georgia Series returned to Jim Miller Park in Marietta. This is one of the original Georgia CX courses and the site of the infamous Red Clay Run-up. I really like this course except for that run-up. It is back in the woods, about 50 feet long, almost straight up, and hard to get any traction. I started the Master’s race and was actually feeling pretty good. After half the race, I was still in the middle. But then my bike stopped shifting. I ended up pulling out so I could try to get it fixed for the C race which starts immediately after the Masters. I got it going, but it still wasn’t quite right. Luckily, Trey from my LBS was there and he managed to beat it into submission so I could do the C race. I got to the line as quick as I could, but still ended up starting with about 40 guys in front of me and only 30 behind me. I got tangled up with a couple of guys early and lost a few spots, but then I steadily pulled a few guys back each lap. I was finally feeling good. I had trouble with the hill, but I made up for it through the field and the pavement. With a lap and a half to go, I was looking for a top 20. I came to the run-up and…I couldn’t unclip to get out. So, while I was fighting my pedal about 10 guys passed me. Not sure how it happened, but I completely lost one bolt, and my cleat was just spinning. So, I had to finish the last lap without being able to clip in. The cleat was still hanging and it made it tough to keep my foot on the pedal, but I finished and somehow even managed to beat a guy in the final sprint. But it dropped me down to middle of the pack again.
Talk to ya’ll later. DS