||After a mile and a half of narrow doubletrack
on Fast Pitch, Matt's Flat, and Cammy's, racers were still pretty close
together. On Rademan Ridge and upper Rambler, riders fought to get past
slower descenders. The dry trail raised up dust, which many riders are
still coughing up.
After descending through oak brush into the upper
valley, the trail hit more climbing. The second climb came on Rambler,
Valderoad, Barrel Roll, and Nowhere Elks. Then racers hit the high-speed
twisting singletrack that Round Valley is known for, as the race turned
east then south on Rambler.
For the second lap, racers diverted off of Matt's Flat
to climb Backslide, descending back to Cammy's. The wind kept the
heat-induced suffering at a minimum for many. For the mesomorphs (and I
include myself), heat loss was a limiting factor. Fun racing. Sweaty and
Left: Looking west as a couple of riders head up Fast