rad you are jumping in. just eat a lot and keep pedaling.
Thanks! It hurt, but I made it! I snapped my derailleur cable on the last climb so made it a bit tough with only my big gear, but at least it happened with most of the race behind me. Then I drove my bike into the creek at 25mph and slashed my front tire with about 1/4 mile to go! It was memorable, bit slower than I'd hoped, but I'm glad I did it. That course is tough. Big climbs, with plenty of technical riding and some awesome downhills.