from this video the course looks pretty flat. i see a deep mud section, a sand pit on a tight corner, and no run ups. doesn't mean there arent any, there's probably a bunch of the course that video didnt show.
42/17 does seem a little high. vpower will tell you that everyone who beat him last year was running a smaller gear than he was.
edit: i'd like to do the course beforehand, but scheduling will be tight. maybe next saturday morning.
Originally Posted by Sheldon Brown
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