An explanation is in order.
If you go back and read my original post, I never actually state that I would never do the race. I merely question the value of the race. I have also told many people that I would race Battenkill only if I thought that I had a reasonable chance of garnering a decent result. Part of me thinks that the further up the road you are in the race, the more the event approaches a decent value. My problem with the race has always been that for a $75 race fee you are riding dirt roads under-supported. For that proce, there should be far more neutral support than the promoter provides.
So why did I register for Battenkill? I registered because I am angry. I am angry about having a non-starter of a season in 2010. I am angry because I didn’t win any races in 2010. I am angry because I got my ass kicked in every cross race I entered. I am angry because circumstances conspired to leave me unfit and under-trained throughout 2010.
I channel my anger into training. My trainer is my friend. I have been grinding out 3 hours trainer rides on weeknights.
I will be fit for Battenkill. I will be fit and pissed off. I am paying $75 to kick ass and take names. I wouldn’t pay the inflated fee if I planned to perform poorly. You’ve been warned.