firecracker 50 write up
45 starters, 32 finishers - came in at 18th place.
Parade start and 5 minutes later, a crash in the main pack and then shortly afterward, the main split in the pack.
I was sitting in the lower back end of a group of riders caught in the back, feeling the full effects of the altitude and the pace.
course was mostly climbing, a few sections of technical and road, and then more climbing on top of that.
First lap went pretty uneventful, as I tried to maintain a 160-175 heart rate to avoid blowing up and maybe trying to pick up a few riders on the 2nd lap.
Heat was now kicking in, and a lot of riders were already pulling out. I made up a few more spots moving further up in the field and I was not getting caught.
maintained my place, Finished up 18th overall.
Overall, the course was great, the venue was awesome and without a doubt, colorado has some of the best riding in the country.