There were almost 150 riders at the start, I pointed out to some warmly-dressed out-of-towners that the route started by going straight up Perry Hill on the outskirts of town and that things would warm up quickly.
Gray skies -- but nothing was falling from the sky, thankfully.
The course maximized climbing possibilities on the lower slopes of the Worcester Range between Waterbury and Stowe. Pictured: Shaw Mansion Road.
On the other side of the valley, Ricker Basin was swathed in low cloud.
Stowe Hollow Road, the last climb of the day.
It was a fun event even though it proved to be a brutal exposition of my general lack of fitness and inability to get into any kind of rhythm on a mountain bike.
One guy was at the start with a helmet cam that was set to take still images at pre-set intervals (something like this) so there may be a video out there somewhere covering the whole event.