January Mountain Bike Marathon

Charlie Storm’s annual January Mountain Bike Marathon was my first official “mountain bike” race of the 2013 Cross Country season.  It started with 6 miles of singletrack riding on trails that were partially muddy from the melting snow.  What wasn’t muddy was still frozen and covered in slushy snow.   After finishing the first single track section it was out to the roads — mostly dirt roads for 30 freezing miles, before returning for another loop on the increasingly sloppier trails.  The dirt roads were also covered with snow and ice, which melted into a muddy slush.

Because it was a beautiful sunny day and was supposed to get into the 40s, I had opted for bib shorts which would have been fine were they not soaked in the first few miles. Fortunately a good coat of mud served as some insulation and that combined with my pedaling helped to keep me warm.

I was very glad to see this one end. I was also happy with my first place finish in the Open Masters class. I finished in 3:21:49 a full 16:28 ahead of the second place finisher. I think all the cyclocross racing helped!

On the way to the race, stopping for a little pre-race breakfast.

On the way to the race, stopping for a little pre-race breakfast.