I didn’t know what to expect, but the event was organized very well, thanks to all of the volunteers and sponsors. The main event was a time trail at night on the long loop at the McDowell Mountain competitive race track. Each rider started at 20 second intervals, with the pros going off first. The first rider left at 7:35pm and my start time was at 7:59pm. This was my first mountain bike time trail, which I really enjoyed much more than a mass start. Even better, was that it was a night race. Other events included a kids race, a fun ride, Cruiser/Road bike sport loop race and tons of cool raffle prizes.I started out at a good pace, but once I saw my 20 second man, I kicked into high gear. Every time I saw a light in front of me, I paced myself up to it. By the end of the race, I had passed 7 racers who had started in front of me. I was out there to have a good time with no expectations of placing high in the standings. But to my surprise, I won 3rd place in Cat 3 men.
Overall, I think the event was a success and I will definitely be back next year to give my support. Official results
The time below doesn’t reflect my official time. I started and stopped the timer late. My actual time was around 39 minutes.