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Written by Ben Norris Tuesday, 26 May 2015 06:40
It was early April and time again for the Rasputitsa, which is the Russian word for "mud season". There is no better place to experience a mud season, or a Rasputitsa, than the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont. Once again, like bugs to a zapper, cyclists traveled from far and wide to experience the awesomeness of mud season on a bicycle. Based on the popularity of this event I think it is safe to say that we bike racers like to suffer.
Written by Christian Baks Tuesday, 26 May 2015 20:59
So far the season has been a challenge due to the fact that my wife is catching up and is now racing at the same level as me. We can no longer use “the daughter hand off” at the line! Now we have to have some kind of support or decide who is racing. Williams Lake was finally a local race that was less than 1 hour from home…and since my friend from Eastern Sports Promotions was doing the electronic timing I had a sitter! The weather was nice (middle eighties) and conditions were summer like, aka bone dry and dusty. The course / trails are claimed to be the best in the region (opinions differ) with technical single track and tons of shale/rocks and roots. The highlight for a lot of people is the cave. We actually ride through a cave that is large enough to drive a truck into. The whole property has caves that make you want to stop since the temperature drops by 50 degrees. I measured a 4 mile lap with 400-500 feet of climbing. There were 21 guys in the Cat 1 35+ field including my friend and team mate Alex Roskin. After messing around at the starting line, including Alex locking out my fork and I rotating his Garmin 180 degrees, we were off.