Spring mountain bike racing in New England has started with a series of classic technical time trials. The Muddy Bunny Time Trial replaced a former spring favorite, the King of Burlingame TT. Although, race promoters still fashioned a crown to be donned by the winners.
The race was held on private land that abuts the Big River Management Area in West Greenwich, RI. Pre-riding the course was key to having a solid, crash-free race, as there were many technical features often coming after tight corners. There were rock gardens, a run-up, steep ups and downs, logs, you name it. The 7+ mile course tested fitness with 900+ feet of climbing as well. Not too shabby for Rhode Island.
Weather for the race was perfect – cool 60 degrees and bright sunny skies. Course conditions were very dry with just a couple minor mud puddles. Beginners rode a modified course.
Michael Wissel (B2C2/Boloco) took the win in 46:41 for Elite Men 0-39 year old category. Last weekend’s TT winner, Bobby Nash (Fast Splits) finished 2nd in 47:32 followed by Anthony Eisley (Horst Cycling Team) for 3rd in 51:07.
In Elite Men 40+, Shawn Mottram (NECT/NESS) took the win in 47:53 (3rd overall fastest time). Mike Rowell (Bikeway Source Racing) was 2nd in 49:19, followed by Stephen Witkus (JRA Cycles) in 3rd 51:22.
Karen Potter (Pivot/MTBRacenews.com) followed up her TT win from last weekend to take 1st again in 51:32. Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing) chased for 2nd in 52:35, with Liz Chabot Allen (DAS) following in 3rd in 58:43.