“I think I’m done processing Saturday. Land Run was intense on every level but I’m so glad I went this year. This was my first race in 3 years, first on single speed, and first real race on a course we knew going in would have miles of thick mud. At the time I thought at least 10% of the 107 miles was on foot in the soup but looking back at the numbers it was more like 4 miles. The constant on/off can ride/can’t ride during the first leg made it feel like more 🙂
I have to say the camaraderie at gravel events was something I missed the last few years. The only super-intense “don’t get in my way” types seemed to be recent roadie converts to the dirt. I came away from this with at least 3 new friends and a dozen I haven’t connected with for a long time. A few (mostly single speeders) I wound up riding with off & on for the day & that made the personal low points much easier to endure.
So the race itself. I tried to stay towards the front to avoid the inevitable stack ups and brake-happy riders that tend to filter to the back. The mud spray was flying as soon as we hit the dirt – my glasses were coated & came off within a few miles.