Whoever told me the course in Moscow is fun was right. Twisty turns combined with short climbs and descents, short rolling bumps, and even stairs to run up. During a practice run I endoed on the short climb with the sharp left turn and somehow hooked the small strap on the back of my shoes onto a brake lever. It's difficult to stand up and move out of the way with a bike attached to your foot. I did back-to-back races again and I think that's enough of that. Tweaking my knee in the second race didn't help any.
There's one issue I really need to work on and it contributed to my knee tweak. When it's time to get off the bike for a run through or run up, I'm coming in too hot. I don't feel like I am, but I am. If I slow down some I'm smoother and more comfortable. And there's the rub--I'm having a tough time figuring out I need to slow down because I don't think I'm going that fast. Hopefully, my knee is okay for next weekend.
Here's a video I made of yesterday's racing.
I should also mention the other lesson I learned yesterday. When the route begins with a wide path for about 100 yards and then becomes a 100-yard single track followed by a very short and sharp S-turn with short and steep inclines, you want to get out in front of as many people as you can during those first 100 yards. Otherwise, the bunching up that happens when everyone slows for the S-turn--we were literally running into each other--sets you even further back from the front runners if you're in the back of that mess.
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