Breck camping spot
Dirty E in the woods
I ended up riding in the Maverick category since I forgot my USA cycling license (wanted to race CAT1). My legs felt like boards for the first two miles, but then I started to open up. Once I entered the singletrack I started to pick riders off and get a bit of recovery from the long climb. I felt pretty good the first lap and was about on pace for a 5hr 30 minute pace. The climb off the start of lap two drained me a fair amount and I could feel my pace slip. I still had the energy to ride off of a ramp on the climb up and jumped a log that a group put off to the side of the road (as seen at about minute 11 of the video below) which I got a lot of cheers for even though I turned down the shot of Wild Turkey that was the award for this stunt (certainly would have lead to my demise). Lap two was I was still able to keep a good tempo. I even had the alertness to drop an Outkast reference after a volunteer said its down hill forever as I responded with a "for ever ever" (video for those of you who don't know).
Schwalbe Racing Ralph for the first time. Its about 150 grams lighter than the tire I was using on the front but it still inspired confidence on the loose descents yet rolled a lot faster. After this weekend I now have 14 days of camping for the year. A pretty good video of the race I found here. Note at 12:35 of the video there is a pretty crazy crash. Word is the rider was fine. GPS info from race here. The race was a ton of fun and the volunteers were amazing-all the aid stations were well stocked.