After pre-riding the course on the day before his Junior 17-18 Juniors' race, Mateen Richey said with some wide eyed concern, "it's a hard course!"
Mud teaches many lessons.
Called up to the start line in 69th place, Mateen had a plan.
He knew his one advantage at the back
was a clear view of the whole pack in front of him. Mateen's plan was to watch for congestion early, and try to go around.
He figured, if he could find a clear line early, he could establish a good position to chase the front runners.