The Rattler MTB series takes place in Bear Creek Park. The next race is on August 14th, go here to learn more about this race and all the races put on by Rattler Series…click HERE
By Rob Quinn
The snake has always been the villan. The comparisons to the devil are as old as the notion of the devil itself.
I felt that something was amiss at the Tuesday night pre ride of the 2019 Rattler course. But my daughter is undefeated when it comes to technology based assumptions, when she stubbornly pointed to her phone and said “This is the right way. It’s on the web site.” Nuff said. The other groups of obvious cross country types also seemed to be a bit confused on the course. At the end of the pre ride we said…2 laps at 5 miles a lap. Tomorrow will be a short one.
The next day an email appeared from the promotor saying that for the last 364 days, the wrong map was on the web site and the course is actually a more standard 8 plus miles a lap.
Ironically the tech queen did not read that email and showed to the race with a single water bottle for a 10 mile two lapper. Judging from the questions / talk in the lower lot, a lot of racers did not know the course was changed either. The devil is in the details.
When we got registered and saw the 1st wave of racers off…we were taking a leisurely warm up when a guy passed me carrying a giant bag of stuff and he was pedaling like he meant it on the main road in Bear Creek, my curiosity was piqued so I followed.
Seems that nobody got out to Marshall the first wave of racers as they blindly crossed the main Bear Creek road while after work road riders wizzed downhill headed west for their after work rides. The situation was handled quickly with less than a dozen racers crossing. Without sounding like Aunt Bea…it’s a blessing nothing happened. The devil is in the details.
The group gathered at the bottom of the hill in the parking lot in Bear Creek to start. 6:15 PM. Long day of consuming liquids. Men’s classes over 40 and 50 years of age. You gotta think some folks are going to need to pee before the start. They did, but one problem. No porta pottie. If you and your family were fishing that night…sorry about that…
No problem. The race started and we were off on a classic Bear Creek race loop that was well marked and rode great. It was hot! With my truck showing 95 degrees in the lot. It was great to settle in with some quality mid week racing. Although I’m not imbibing, the talk near the rear turned to the after-event beers supplied by Jackass Hill Brewing company. With the group I settled in with…this was a big deal I could tell. When we rolled through the finish (16 miles not 10….) the announcer informed the racers that the event has been so awesome and the early racers such incredible party animals…The beer was all gone. The Jackass Hill gang made a quick and quiet exit as the hot as hell old bitchy class racers rolled in. In my perverted value system I experienced a little Schadenfreude since nobody would be racking up any free ice cold IPA’s if I wasn’t! Needless to say… if a post-race beer or two is big on your list and you were a slow old fart last week. You rode away a little disappointed. It’s in inexact formula when planning beer for an event. My advice. Bring more than you think you’ll need and don’t let the early fields suck ya dry. The devil is in the details.
In spite of a few big lapses in planning and operational execution….the event was a blast and I’ll do it next year.
A midweek race in the summer is just what the doctor ordered for that new found summer form. I hope to hit a few more before the season is over.