KMC Fontana Southridge Winter Series, Race Number 3 - by Jeff Jacobson
Weather was perfect for the KMC Fontana Southridge Winter Series race today. The race consists of three 5+ mile laps with lots of climbing and technical single track. The 50+ and 55+ expert groups started off in the same wave and I stayed with the lead group of riders for most of the first lap. The dirt was nice and tacky except for a few remaining puddles and some new rain ruts, which made passing a little more difficult. On the last climb to the summit I peeled off the front and no one followed. The entire second lap I didn’t see anyone from my category behind me and settled into a comfortable pace riding mostly alone. On the third lap I noticed a pack closing the gap behind me with at least two of riders from my age class. I was able to pass some slower riders from the groups ahead of ours, which held up the pack a bit. I picked up the pace and was able to just hold on for W.