I crashed on the start
I was quick off the line, which went down a long section of tarmac. I settled into a good position, setting myself up for the upcoming narrow climb. But as I rounded the corner, transitioning from tarmac to grass, I immediately slid out, as did several other prople. By the time I got my chain back on and bike in working order, the field was out of sight. I felt dejected and abandoned the race, rather than spending the rest of the time at redline in an effort just to catch back on.