Headed down to Cascade Locks Oregon at 5:30am for Double Cross day 1, part of gptb.cx series.  Arrived nice and early to preview the course….first thoughts were did I sign up for a mtb race?!  With that said it was very technical with plenty of sand, sharp rocks and  angular roots.  Oh and throw in a log roll over, a steep thigh burning runup and a nice beach sand section you have all the ingredients for painful legs and cross lung due to the dry nature of the course.
I took the start line at 11:30 with the master 35+ b’s and it was full throttle till the entrance of the single track.  Slow everything down to almost walking speed and the front of the race says bub-bye.  After getting through the single track (half the course length) I start to gain momentum and move up to the tail end of the main group of 15 riders or so.  Feeling good…then crash!  Screwed up the log roll over..into the woods I go.  Get up gather my self, try to get rolling and the chain will NOT get back on…fiddle fumble abit then back to chasing a couple guys that passed me.  Rolling good again and starting to catch more riders near top 10 then a flat.  WTF!  Thankfully I’m near the pit grab the pit bike and off to chase again.  Believe me…the legs hate me by now.  Go into last lap and catch one more rider before finish.  All said and done I finished 19th outta 40.  Not the best result, but considering everything I’m pleased and feel like the legs are finally starting to show some life.  Look for day 2 report tomorrow eve.
Cheers

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Entry to single track, double step down off camber.

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Run up

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Sand trap