the next to the last race of the NEO cross series went down yesterday and with all the rain the night before,i was expecting some mud.
course was mostly all grass with a few sections of sand and one steep run up - so the course was not too muddy at all.
no really long flat sections and a lot of slippy corners meant that roadie strength was not going to be a huge factor.
gun went off, cameron got the hole shot, i sat in about 5th'ish spot.
up the run up, through the sand and twisty's and two laps later, i was in small 3 man pack with paul and matt - jason was not far behind.
matt and paul were powering it good while i was concentrating on good cornering and dismounts/remounts. all of us, at some point, would good down in the slippy corners.
matt goes down and i take the lead for a few laps and it was about this time that i decided to run the small little section of two tight turns after the hill run-up as running was way faster.
matt catches back up, but a small gap back to paul has opened up and the laps were counting down.
matt gaps me and powers some of the corners and he has a very small gap over me with 2 to go, paul is charging from behind and he looks like he is building up steam. i concentrate on catching matt.
through the tight turns on the first section of twisty turns and into and over the double barries, and into the small climb before the hill run, i see paul catch his bike on the barriers and it almost flies over his head. chain off and who else knows what, paul has to stop to fix it. the gap back to paul grows.
i pedal on, concentrating on catching matt. i make up the gap in the conrners, he powers away.
1 lap to go and the gap to matt is holding steady, right around 5 seconds. paul is chasing, but the gap is too big to close with only a lap left.
i get within 5 seconds of matt, but he takes the win. i finish up 2nd on the day, paul rolls in 3rd.
yet another great day of duking it out cross style.
one more NEO race for the year this coming weekend, then training for 2011 starts up.