Coryn Rivera danced up the climb today at Kern’s double-stager.
The morning stage saw circuits on the WoodyBasin or WilsonGap or something ‘er other loop somewhere in a bowl of dry, spikey, harsh foothills. I had driven to the race last year, and remembered the cemetery where we parked that the lady freaked out about … but, as to where the race course was in relationship to the sprawl of Bakersfield … i hadn’t a clue.
And, I never picked up a race bible or anything … so, had no directions and then …
found myself lost, lost, lost.
but, the road seemed really familiar and they said it was 30 miles, and i was kind of distracted and then …
out of gas. the out your stomach is curled acidic in on itself with chugging on fumes and you’re embarrassed and frustrated and pleading with that the red gas station being somewhere over one of these rollers …
anyway, rough hiccups to the engines in the morning aside, the Kern racing was fine. The kick sprint of the circuit race they do out there is a very good training ground to learn how to position yourself for a finish. Lots of interesting sprints and time bonus grabs for the morning stage.
The afternoon hillclimb, on the other hand, was all suffering. Straight up, hot, rocks and debris on the road.
what a race.
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