This past weekend was Root 66 Race #6: Pat's Peak in Henniker, NH. A beautiful bluebird day, the mountain was covered with bikes.
It's probably safe to say that Pat's Peak was the most challenging course in the Root 66 series so far - for both its technical and aerobic difficulty. Depending on who you ask, it's either really hard, or really rad. We're pretty sure it's both.
On the way up, racers traversed a ski hill - 870' of glorious elevation gain per lap. There were some rocks, there were some rolls, there were some new singletrack switchback sections that even the pros were off and pushing on. A couple of work road grunts rounded it out. On the way down, riders were rewarded with a fair amount of awesome gnar. Fun switchbacks and the occasional rock wall kept things interesting, with one notorious rock drop midway down. A full on braappp* section at the end made all the climbing worthwhile.
*if you have the strong urge to make dirt bike noises on the way down, you know it's good.
|David Richardson||M||Cat 1 Singlespeed Open||3||2:14:30||2||55|
|Ricky Hartman||M||Cat 1 Singlespeed Open||3||2:21:17||3||50|
|Christin Christoph||F||Cat 1 12-34||3||2:35:26||2||55|
|Nathan Orie||M||Cat 2 Singlespeed Open||2||1:36:07||2||55|
|Brett Severson||M||Cat 2 30-39||2||1:26:50||2||55|
|Daniel Walker||M||Cat 2 30-39||2||1:30:22||4||46|
|Will Raymond||M||Cat 2 40-49||2||1:27:57||6||41|
|Sammy Neves||M||Cat 2 40-49||2||2:01:44||19|
|David Powell||M||Cat 2 50+||2||1:38:09||2||55|
|Paul Lussier||M||Cat 2 50+||2||1:38:45||3||50|
|John Weferling||M||Cat 2 50+||2||1:46:10||5||43|
|Tri Vinh||M||Cat 2 50+||2||1:59:53||10||35|
|Jen Audia||F||Cat 2 19-34||2||1:53:11||2||55|
|Tina Severson||F||Cat 2 19-34||2||1:53:12||3||50|
|Pamela Fielding||F||Cat 2 35+||2||1:59:11||4||46|
"The best memory I have was on the first lap downhill section when I got off my bike to look at a drop. I stood there and threw a rock down it to see the general fall line. After much inspection I decided to walk down" -Phil Wong, 3rd place Pro/1 (Riverside)
"The course was definitely rad! It made you earn all of the fun. Thanking the MTB gods it was dry... but that made it HOT. At one point I actually stopped riding to sit still & drink a cup of water at the hilltop station" -Dan Walker
"Epic chase -I battled it out for 2nd in the last mile with a pass on the downhill and sprint to the finish, to beat my pursuer by 2 seconds..." -Brett Severson, 2nd place Cat 2
"My hat's off to all the-single speeders; those guys are sportin' the total package, or the full Monty if you know what I mean" -Will Raymond
See you at Putney! err... Grafton.