Who would have thought I could look this happy on a CX bike? Granted, this race course was right up my alley with all the tech, it was pretty darn close to a mountain bike course! There was a ton of off-camber muddy sections, lots of tight turns, loads of roots, some rocks and even a steep little descent that swung around a tree shooting the rider right back up over a step – making the hill a slippery run-up. I had planned to ride my Jamis Dakar full suspension mountain bike, but a teammate offered his CX specific bike to me at the last minute. MTBNJ sure knows how to put on a fun race!