I actually hadn’t planned on racing Fort Custer. My plan for months now had been to race Mansfield, Ontario Cup #1, with Sue. But when I totalled my car in an accident the Monday before the race, my priorities immediately shifted to staying home to make sure I physically recovered from the impact, find a new car, & if I had time & felt well enough… maybe racing Fort Custer. By the end of the week I ended up feeling pretty darn good & managed to get the new car all buttoned up… which left Sunday to race!
When I left Walled Lake Sunday morning the rain was really coming down. Driving further south west I spotted the clearing skys that the weather channel promised and it ended up being completely dry, sunny, & in the mid-high 60s all day. The turnout for the Elite women was quite small but we had 5 by the start of the race. Two girls I knew and two I did not. I figured Heather Spencer (Team Fast) to be my big competition for the day & my assumption was correct. Upon the start I took the holeshot across the open field and into the single track we went. I wanted to ride my own race so I figured I’d try to control the pace for as long as I could. I was in front for only a few minutes before Heather jumped ahead of me. I chose not to go with her at that moment as I knew at that pace I would’ve come completely unglued to early. We wound around in the woods for quite awhile and I could see her for a long time but gradually she started dissappearing more until she was finally gone out of sight for good. That was the last I saw of any of the women. There was a lot of expert guys to try and catch so that kept things interesting. The trail was just a boat load of fun. I think it’s 9 miles or so of hard pack, with all kinds of different terrain to play on… winding banked trenches, log piles big & small, sand, flat twisty single track, a few climbs, a crater, one very deep mud puddle, a couple whoops, and switchbacks. It was so good to be back at it again. After three laps I finished in second place. Heather definitely earned her first place cash with a strong ride. And I was very pleased with my effort! Besides Sue kicking my butt on a ride at Highland a couple weeks ago I haven’t had much intensity yet, but I can say I feel much stronger this year at this time than last year so that’s encouraging. I am really looking forward to the rest of the season! Brighton’s up next with a weekend full of fun… see y’all there ;o).
Fort Custer XC RESULTS