The sun was out and bright this afternoon. With numbers down in A & B grade no doubt due to other races around the state over the weekend meant some new riders could shine.
Indeed that is exactly what happened, both A & B grade seemed to be running by the numbers until the 30ish minute mark when breakaways in both grades seemed to happen in consecutive laps, interesting. In A grade a two-man break screamed away never to be seen again, well seen in the distance taking first & second place. B grade break could be barely called a break didn’t seem to last long. Meanwhile, the large C grade looked fast and from my perspective confusing if I am not mistaken there were several surges which never resulted in a proper breakaway. The heartlessness of HART is the combination of hills, technical corners, fast sections and false flats. D grade was also an interesting night with some strong almost A grade assertiveness with the leaders pushing the bunch to a breaking point.
This was the penultimate round of the 2017/18 season, I will miss HART, looking forward to next year already and hint hint it would be nice to see some MTB action at HART again too.
Since autumn has well and truly arrived the sun is setting through the trees providing some interesting photo opportunities which I gambled on tonight, some paid off, others didn’t. 150ish photos in the gallery, sorry things took a little longer this week to publish, my Friday efforts punished me over the weekend.