Walters Ranch is a very challenging course in the dry. Add in an over night rain that did not stop falling until late race morning and you have a very challenging course. The dirt and terrain and Lincoln, Missouri is very hilly and rocky. This is just the type of course that can handle the rain we got and still be able to hold an event. "The property will separate the skilled from the fast!" This quote is from the event description page. I could not agree more.
How was the course from the riders view? Trust me, it was a lot harder than the video shows.
Brian Trigg who raced the Trail Rider class with Christopher recorded his first lap. Brain did well and finished right ahead of Christopher. He passes Christopher at the 1:47 point in this clip - FMHSC Walters Ranch #1 Video
FMHSC 2013 Walter's Ranch 1 from Brian Trigg on Vimeo.
Race morning we arrive to the site only to find a very wet parking lot. I have a front wheel drive SUV and was very concerned about being able to park. Luckily with the help of our fellow racers we were able to park in the one space left that was on high ground. Still we had to push the trailer because all my Chevy would do is spin the tires.
Video of start
It sucked not being able to pre-ride the course, especially with the muddy/slick conditions. I got the holeshot but was riding a little slow until I got used to the course and conditions. Or else you end up like the rider below.