The second stop of the Root 66 series was today at Winding Trails in Farmington, CT. The course is entirely within the private club. It is a very fast course that has only gotten better each year over the past few years. It really flows well. With one exception it is a big ring course and has a nice blend of singletrack (twisty and turny) and wide open double track.
For me this is a great race as it is only 20 minutes from home. I wish they could all be like that. As usual the whole family came to the race. My wife, Melissa, left home early and rode to the course to get in some miles before my race. I drove down with the kids and we met at the course within minutes of both of us getting there. With a little coordination you can combine exercise and getting somewhere. It is not uncommon for me to ride to the inlays when we go there. It is a nice 62 mile ride.
I digressed from my race report. The family side of exercise is just as important to us. I felt really sluggish when I got up this morning. I was not really motivated but since I had preregistered I was committed. I got the kids set up with their bikes on the basketball courts and got ready to race. All I had time for was a brief 20 minute warmup.
The race started quickly today as there is only a short distance before the race turns into the single track. The group of 30 racers settled into a nice quick pace and we cranked through the first lap without any mishaps in about 25 minutes. I have to check my records but this is probably the fastest that I have ever done this course. I was feeling good.
Laps 2,3, and 4 were about the same. For the first time in years I saw my average speed increase as the laps ticked by instead of getting longer. All in all I am very happy to finish just 12 minutes behind the leader. I typically finish about 20 minutes behind. I also felt like I could attack the hills and not pay for it after I crested them. One day does not make a pattern but I hope this means that my fitness is improving.
My Seven Sola 29 did extremely well in the tight single track. The more I ride this bike in the woods the more that I like it.
It was also great to see some NEMBA Racing mates in the Cat 2 race today. Did any NEMBA mates do the Cat 3 race?
Next up for me is the Detour de Connecticut. It is 118 miles of fun riding with at least 70% on dirt.