Awesome awesome awesome day!
The crowds were worse than I expected. At ~5:20am I was placed at maybe 1500th position. The first ~50 miles were complete chaos and I was forced off the bike MANY times. I hit Columbine Mine in a horrible 4:40 with a sub9 pretty much gone. I coasted back down, stopped at 60 miles to get bottles from my wife. I was super negative and pissed. I got going again and the crowds were minimal, the roads were clear and I was completely fresh. Almost zero fatigue. I started rolling and I built momentum and by mile ~70 I was killing it and I was going by everyone much faster than they were riding and catching literally hundreds of people and that motivated me like nothing else. By mile 80 sub9 was (sort of mine). Barring a mechanical I was still feeling fresh and obliterating every climb. And sure enough, dropping off Powerline my chain came off and got 2 kinks in it that wrapped in to my derraileur. I jumped off, threw my bike down and removed the chain, untangled it (thinking I was losing my sub 9) and reinstalled it... less than 2 minutes baby!
At mile 99 I was still completely fresh and still catching many riders. I finished 173rd I think in 8:37.
And I stole this video from Brandon (who has a great spectator race report) of the race at mile 2. I go by at 4:33 in the green shorts and Brandon yells "LUCHO".
LT100 MTB 2011 - Start from Brandon Fuller on Vimeo.