CCC mountain bike racers came away empty handed at the Old Hickory Classic on August 9, 2015, due to a combination of race director prerogatives and stiff competition. In Cody Goodman’s race, he placed third among Cat 2 30+ racers, but the director combined Single Speed and Cat 2 19-29 into this field, which bumped Cody down to fifth place. In Duane Leach’s case, the race flyer and website advertised that the awards would go four deep, but the director only went three deep–cutting out his fourth place.
The competition at Lock 4 is tough due to the fact that the locals have a significant home field advantage. The trails are very twisty and lack significant hills. The locals know how to zoom through the twists and turns at top speed. We would need to make up to a dozen trips to Gallatin to build up to the efficiency that the locals possess.
The race course was shortened to 5 miles (of 9.6 available) with this explanation from the website: “Faster is more fun, and we have set up Lock 4 to be the fastest racecourse ever!” Cat 1 racers completed four laps; Cat 2 three laps, and Cat 3 two laps. The average lap time of the fastest pro racer was 24:25.
Below are the results of the Columbia Cycling Club members. Full results for the racer are HERE.