Cholla Challenge XC Race Report

What on earth was I thinking running a 32X21 for a largely flat and mostly non-technical course? I think my average cadence for the race might have been in the 200 – 2,000,000 rpm range. SPUNNED. SPUNNERD. I toed up to the line with the single speeders again and was feelin a bit more confident after my 3rd place last time. Today was a much smaller race but still 9 SSers on the start line and myself (only chick again). About half a mile into the race and already spun-out off the back it occured to me that SSers have gear selection as a great race excuse over gearies. “Oh yeah dude, I was way under/over-geared today.” I actually pre-rode the course on Thursday so don’t have any excuse for choosing that gear when I had a perfectly good 18 sitting in my tool box. Doh! Somehow I pulled off a 4th place. The winner had on a 34X16. 3rd place dude beat me by about 15 seconds. He had on a 32X17.

When I got home Steve laughed and said “I told you so” – that was helpful in a superbly helpful kind of way…

Now I think I’ll go for a real ride.