Having entered round 2 ( i did not race round 1) and had a lot fun i thought i would return for round 3, I don't have a 2015 Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt yet so had to make do with the TrailHead test bike. Having started at the back at the last round this time i got a mid pack start ( over 75 racers) and soon moved up just inside the top 20 as we got off the tarmac start straight and turned to hit the first climb. Well the plan went well till that turn, The rider in front washed out and took me down with him, by time i got my bike from his we were at the back, we powered up the hill passing riders before backing it down a little at the mid point not to blow up and pick off a few more riders before the top, we past more in the first single track section and soon had a clear bit of track to put the hammers down and hit the fast lines, we hunted the 2 riders in front down and by time the lap was done we had passed them and more! Lap 2 we got stuck behind a fast young rider that powered up the climbs but would slow us up on the single track, I got pasted in the end and hit the last lap with a small gap on the riders behind, At the top of the main climb the rider behind had made up some ground but i was happy that i could open that up as i was feeling fresh still, Once in to the singletrack i was able to build a bigger gap and just had a real blast on the trail trying some new lines.
So at the end of the race we rolled in 5th! Stoked on the result but even more so on how i was riding, the track had more mud than three weeks ago and was a lot slicker making it a slower harder trail to race, yet i was able to go faster thanks to more seat time over the last few weeks on the mtb.