Results Leadman finishers are in blue.
Silver Rush 50 Mountain Bike
25th over-all out of ~800+
46 miles in 4:29:58. 11.1 miles an hour
7300ft of gain
My technical skill is crap... I'm not a mountain biker. So my #1, and really only, goal was to not crash.
Last year at this race I was in the lead for the first ~15 miles before taking a washed out switchback too fast. My front wheel lost traction and I face planted. After I got going again I remember holding second place and then as my brain started to swell my memory starts to fade in to just spotty flashes of moments. Crashing again. Seeing my wife. Blood filling my eye. A race official cutting off my wrist band. Then I'm in the hospital getting a CT Scan. I rode about 8 miles completely blacked out so it was odd during the race to see parts of the course that I knew I had ridden but had no memory of.
On a mountain bike this would be about the last place I would ride for fun. The vertical was awesome and there were sections that were fun, but over-all the loose, softball size rocks were awful. On a few descents I would be flying (for me ~25+mph) and hit a section of loose rock and there was no way to slow down. My rear wheel would hit a round loose rock and my back wheel would shift 6" to the side, I felt out of control which would spook me and I would then ride overly tentative and overly cautious until my confidence slowly returned. I don't have the confidence or skill to ride/float over the terrain. I was completely amazed at the good and even mediocre descenders as they would FLY by me going twice my speed. I was climbing OK which is the only reason I placed 25th. There was enough positive vertical to keep me in the race.
So, I didn't crash which makes the race a success.