... became my good fortune, as he had registered for the race already, and was kind enough to give me his entry. You see, I wasn't interested in paying money to go get my ass kicked, but I was more than happy to go do it for free. Charlie had registered for Singlespeed, which works for me, as I tend to race better on a SS than with gears anyway.
Unlike some years past, the weather was perfect this year. Slightly chilly all morning, things warmed up nicely as the race was starting, just barely warm enough to be comfortable with a normal jersey and shorts.
The turnout for the race seemed huge, I don't know how it compared to last year (and I can't be bothered to look up last years results and find out), but this must be one of the more popular races on the NMORS series. It was fun to see so many people out, and to see dozens of friends and customers. I guess I had kind of lost track of just how many of our customers show up to race XC.
There were 14 guys in the SS category, several of which I knew I had no hope of beating, let alone keeping in sight. So without any hope of winning the race, I lined up free of anxiety or butterflies in my stomach, and was just happy to be out for a nice hard ride on a perfect spring day.