Marathon Course Pre-ride, Part 2

I pre-rode more of the marathon nationals course today, and ran into some friends from the bay area, as well as making a couple more. It's probably one of my favorite things about mountain bike racing, besides the traveling, getting to meet people who share the same passion at the same level. We're all out in the forest, enjoying the sun and trails, trying to figure out the right lines to pick and going over each others bike set-ups.

I split off from the group and decided to check out the mid-day loop. I probably should have stopped for the day to save some legs for tomorrow, but I couldn't help myself. The trails are that much fun.