It's a little late in the season (Thanksgiving weekend, Ed.) for a race report of the Bear Creek Nationals last July. But, I keep finding myself thinking about the upcoming one in 2014 and what I could do differently to have a better result. Back in July, I raced with a group of 9 women in the cat 1 35-39 class. I didn't have any great expectations, as I figured all the women would be super fast and I only rode the course one time a few days earlier, so I didn't really know the lines.
Got to start on the 2nd row. Had Dillon Van Wart and Steve right in front of me. I was not nervous with them in front of me and knew they would be good starters. As the whistle sounded, we lunge off the line and I get boxed in with a slower rider that was to Dillon's right. I sit down and the second kick brings what seems to be the entire field by me. I settle in and deal with the scrubs of the Killer Bs.
This was my second race in Cat 1. During the warm up I was not feeling great and I was thinking this was going to be a long day. Once the race started, I felt really good. We took off down the fire road heading for the single track and I was in pretty good position. I entered the single track in 7th position. There was a lot of congestion on the trail and the leaders created a little gap.
There were 20 of us in the Open Women category, which I was happy about. Nice to have a big field for a change. My goal was top 5, but I honestly just wanted to race smart for 6 hours. Drink plenty, eat, not go out too hard. Just wanted to feel good while racing. And I even got to try out my new bike that I picked up two days earlier. A Superfly 100 that I only rode once the day before while preriding the course.