“There’s no doubt: it’s a drought”, says the San Jose Mercury News, but the cold monsoon that poured down Laguna Seca today around noon felt like it wanted to violently contest that point. Luckily for us cross country mountain bike racers, the weather during the early morning hours was near-perfect for racing: a few light sprinkles at the start, partly cloudy later on, with a race course in excellent, fast shape. The light rain during the previous night may have taken out the sting of the sandy sections, as they appeared less severe than in previous years.
When the downpour started, we were already enjoying post-ride goodies and could easily find shelter in the nearest booth (Titus in my case), a good occasion to check out for instance the new Titus El Guapo up close and personal.
Others were not so lucky though: the road race supposedly was halted, and other events had to be postponed or cancelled. And the riders tomorrow will probably witness the return of the mud bogs (non-existent today).
The cross country race today was a whole lot of fun, and below is a caption of the MTBGuru trip page I just created.
18.8 miles and 2900 feet of hills and thrills!