Two things that I’ve never done in over 25 years of bike racing; pinned on a number in a mountain bike race; ridden rollers. I couldn’t have prepared better for the Chewy 40 thanks to H-wood and the hospitality of Dave and Mary Pramann. We got up to Hayward at a good hour on Friday and H-wood and I were able to pre-ride ‘OO’ to the finish as prep. I was shocked with the demanding terrain. Road racer’s course my ass.. the road equivalent to Chewy is Durand with MORE hills. Then throw in some ass-puckering rocky decents. But H assured me I was going to be fine. On race day we woke up to sub-freezing temps and frost-covered grass. We got to the start with ample time and H and I pre-rode the roll-out and the entry point to Rosie’s field which would be the first few hundred yards of my first ever mountain bike race. Admittedly I was nervous. The start went without a hitch.. the pace was manageable and i managed my way to the very front without much effort. Going into Rosie’s I hesitated for a moment as we hammered into the ditch at about 27 mph.. I was swarmed from the left and right by a dozen riders and rolled over the first riser on the dirt single track. Riders were fighting for the dry line and two managed to cross up wheels in front of me and the tumbling started. I hit hard. the kinda hard when you check to see what might be broken. Fortunately nothing was but it was a day before I was sure. The bike was fine. I limped back to the car and wrote if off to bad luck which I had avoided all season. Next year. The worst part of it all was that I had to cut short my evening at the Snider-Cavanaugh wedding reception.
H-wood beat LeMond.
Sean Brick in the flesh!!!
Mark Brone on 29’er with HED Jet 50’s