Despite rain and drizzle leading up to the race, winner Thomas said that the course held up well. “The trail was primo,” he said. “It wasn’t slick. The slickest part was the stuff they rode yesterday. Everything else was just really good dirt. On the first lap, it didn’t seem like there were that many logs, but the second lap there were logs everywhere. It’s kind of strange like that. The mud holes weren’t too bad. I just kind of jumped them, banzaied over them and closed my eyes. They weren’t as bad as I’ve seen them, which is surprising a little bit.”
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