Northampton, Mass

(Wrote this last night but neglected to post it…)

Sitting here chilling in the hotel room. Bag is ready. Food is ready. Bikes are clean and ready to go. Next up – bed and a good night’s sleep.

Had a smooth ride down. No hiccups with the exception of a slight merging issue on the 401 – luckily the van is big – other cars move… Made it to Look Park at around 3:30. The whole crew was out marking the course and riding. Nice to see some friendly faces right away.

The course was fully staked out so the four of us got kitted up and hit up the course for a few laps. All I can say is dry. Super dry. Lots of crunchy leaves and carpet-like grass. If it stays dry it will be super fast. Saturday’s course is the same as the traditional Cycle-Smart International course. Lots going on.

Twists and turns. A sandpit. Forced run-up on loose terrain. A fun little descent. A few railroad track crossings. More twists and turns. A little power climb. Some super fast barriers. Bicycle path. Nice paved road.

I really like this course. It is challenging – physically and mentally. But there is nothing in that that I really dread (for example, like the run-up in Seattle or Mooney’s Bay hill). This course is simply challenging but not intensely hard or intimidating.

I’m impressed with how well organized Adam, Steve and the guys are. Nice work guys! Looking forward to racing tomorrow and catching up lots of people. I saw so many people today that it made for some slow laps. That’s okay – this is simple pre-race day – shake out the legs and get comfy on the course.

Mavic is here doing support and working the pits. Nice. Todd and Peter (spelling?) are super cool and always have lots of smiles to go around.

We had an easy supper here in the hotel room. I whipped up a tasty meal at home for us to re-heat here and we supplemented with some salad and dessert compliments of the Stop-N-Shop.

Okay, best go. Marc and Steve are racing at 10:30. Josee and Karl are at 11:30. I’m at 2:00. Send your fast vibes our way. Looking forward to some fun racing and cheering. Check back tomorrow for a race report. Have a good one.

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