Rich Cooper raced the Gorrick, Saddle Skedaddle Spring Series – Race 2 at Caesar’s Camp – in the open category.
During a warm up he noticed his chain was sticking but had no time to sort before the start. At the bottom of the first climb the chain locked up and everyone rode past.
3 minutes later he was off again (alone in the woods), and at the bottom the of next climb the same thing happened again… and so on, and so on, this was pretty much the whole race. It was either locking up, falling off, slipping or generally not working very well. On the bright side, despite constant mechanicals, Rich did manage to catch many of the riders, getting back up to about 10th place at one point. The last lap his chain dropped just before the long, fast decent to the finish line and lost a few of these hard earned places. Finished 13th place.
On the bright side, Rich gave the bike a good clean when I got back and the chain seems to work fine again now. Now if only he could go back in time and race it again.
p.s. Richard Jerome rode it and did very well indeed, coming in 11th place in the Masters category.