6 Hours of Warrior Creek

Posted: April 6, 2015 by jarzmtb in Uncategorized

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Photo credit: Scott George

Another race on the books with Farnsworth Bicycles on my custom steel single speed. The mass race start on concrete never works well on single speed (unless you are Quadsworth), but I held a decent position for the first 2 miles before heading off road and eventually into the single track with Mark [Farnsworth] on my wheel. We pushed along and passed a few people who blew up off the start line, but pretty much held our position until Tom Boylan caught up. It was great for all 3 team Farnsworth riders to be rolling together.

At some point Mark dropped off the train. Tom and I decided to push forward and pick off a few groups in front of us. Eventually we caught up with single speeder Watts Dixon. I’ve read a bit about Him in Dicky’s blog and knew he was a strong rider. He was holding a great pace so we decided to tag along. We pitted at lap one and Watts got a lead. Tom and I were feeling great and eventually caught back up. Unfortunately Tom had a crash on one of the gnarly bridges that sadly ended his day.

I pushed along with Watts…I was still happy with his pace. I decided to skip the pit heading into lap 3. My strategic plan was to collect a water bottle I had had lost on lap 1. I was ahead of Watts at this point, so I gave him the heads up that I’d be stopping for the bottle. Bottle spotted and collected, Watts decided to hit the nitrous button. I never saw him again. I pushed along, feeling pretty good.  Rich Dillen was racing duo and caught me at the transition as we finished lap 3.  Thoughts of riding duo instead of solo weighed heavily on me at that moment.

I found myself in lap four all alone. No one in sight in front or behind me. I picked off riders that I knew I was lapping, but had no rabbit to chase. I hate being in this position. My mental state starts to suffer and my pace slowed. I push along and make my way to the pit before lap 5. As I’m chowing down on half a banana and fig newtons I see Mark roll by. I had a feeling he was catching up. Seeing Him gave me a sudden burst of drive and I caught up quickly. He was carrying a great pace and we pushed each other along. We picked off two more single speeders and a few geared bikes. We tried guessing what position we were in but had no clue. The time looked close to making the 6 lap cut off so we pushed along.

The mileage and elevation really started to kill our mo and toward the end of lap 5 we could see one of the single speeders catching up again. It looked like we wouldn’t make the cutoff time, but Mark yelled to me to go go go. Mark gave me the pass and I took off for the last 3 miles, wide open throttle. I picked off a few more riders, but didn’t manage to catch any more single speeders.

I crossed the line in 5:46 (missing cutoff by 6 minutes). I ended up in 6th place in single speed and 33rd overall (including 20 duo teams in front of me). I made my way around to watch Mark finish a few minutes behind. It was an amazingly strong single speed field with Wes Richards and Gordon Wadsworth taking the number 1 and 2 spots within 3 seconds of each other and 6 laps behind.

The official Results are posted on Blue Mountain Revival site.

Simply an awesome race, perfect for single speed.  The Farnsworth SS once again did not disappoint. My back felt great and the bike handled perfectly. Looking forward to teaming up with Tom and racing PMBAR in a few weeks.

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Comments
  1. bobmoss1971 says:

    Nice job guys, I wish I could have made it. I hope Tom is doing well.

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