I did it! I finally won a race.
OK, so my competitors were two women I've beaten repeatedly in the past and one woman who had never done a 'cross race before. But that doesn't take anything away from my victory... or maybe it does.
I've decided I'm going to stick with the Beginner category through the end of this season, and next year, i'll start riding with the big girls in category B. And this season I may win another race, but i probably won't at all next year.
Oh well - it's clear to me how much stronger I am now than even in September, and much more so than this time last year. It's a good feeling.
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