|A cold and early start makes more time for free beer....|
|The loose run-up strung out|
the pack from the start.
Above is the speedy entrance to the pit. Below is the tricky
180 degree turn around back through. Like sliding on a
wooden floor in socks.
At this point, you may be wondering, what is a double sandpit? I would describe it as an area of sand which you enter straight and come out onto a short patch of grass, which you then are forced to make a 180 and enter back into the sand. Thus, becoming a double sandpit.
From the sandpit, racers circled giant pine trees, launched over the train tracks and were thrown into a quick 180 turn before the run-up, which the day before had been a descent onto the field. After climbing the run-up, riders arched through the woods, in and out of the trees and then quickly dropped back down into the field where the train tracks could be used as a berm to make the turn as quick as possible before launching over the train tracks yet again. From there, the race remained on the baseball fields. Curving around bases 3, 2 and 1 but never touching home.
|Thawing conditions kept riders on their toes.|
|Loosening conditions and a slow leak|
made the last three corners
the most difficult.
On top of some excellent racing, there was lots of fun to be found from watching the pros race. Particularly watching Katarina Nash, the Czech national champion solo off the front of the women's field with what seemed like almost zero effort. Within a single lap we watched Nash put a good 30 to 40 seconds into the rest of the field. A demonstration of utter domination and raw power.
Arc hard, ride fast, go plaid!