Here's what happened:
I loaded up in the USS Lamberson on Friday with Bob and his dog Jamis (more on Jamis later) and we picked up Anet and Wes on the way to our first stop at the halfway point - Ghent WV.
Land stretching out so far and wide.
Look ma, no mountains....
Wonder what kind of gas mileage they get?
This one was moving on pretty good.
We deluded ourselves with the visions of flatness we saw. How bad could it be? There's no 5,000 ft peaks, no 10 mile long climbs, this might be fun. Um......Yeah well sit tight buttercup, It's gonna get a little bumpy.
We got ready and headed out for some riding and it just so happened thata our ride coincided with the Trek guys - Chris Eatough, Jeff Schalk and a couple of others I didn't know. We also rode past Floyd Landis. It was kind of weird.
Since the race started in nearby Loudenville, we rode the final few miles of the course backwards. The first (last) section of singletrack came to a road and we followed the Trek guys up the road and into some singletrack.
In just a few yards, they turn and Chris Eatough says to me "Uh, I'm sorry, we saw a red flag and um, this is the wrong way". I thought it was funny. We rode on and down a dam that would be a nasty hike-a-bike at mile 96.
I was just happy to have overcome some bad stuff and finish.
After enjoying many post race beers, some food and a shower I felt better. Bob will live to race another day. Anet finished 8th in the 100K and had a great time doing it.
I have got to give a shout out to Vassago and WTB. The bike worked perfectly. During the three weeks, three races and over 300 miles of riding I didn't touch a thing except clean it and lube the chain.
The tires I used - WTB Vulpines and Weirwolfs worked great on the hardpack at Tsali and the Burn and even though they were never designed for what I put them through at the Mohican, they still did as good as a minimally treaded tire could.
Thanks guys. Good stuff!
Also thanks to Bob, Anet and Wes for letting me stowaway in the RV and for everything y'all did all weekend.