I raced clydesdale/cat 5. Only managed 2 laps (most folks did at least 3), I was close to making the cutoff but not quite. Good lord am I out of shape!
It was a fun race, very motivating to get better. Course was super dusty/dry and most of the corners were chewed all up and VERY loose with about 3" of dust/dirt over hard below. Some grass, but those areas were under pine trees so also had to ride over/through lots of fist sized pine cones, which was also a challenge at times. Smoke from fires was annoying too.
Single track was fun. Run up 5x RR tie stairs was fine, saw several of the CAT1/2s riding them. 3x barries, one giant long sand trap (unrideable unless on fat bike, sand was consistency of flour, and you sank into it like quicksand).
By the end my nose was full of dry dust, and my spit was the consistency of elmers glue. Definitely will be carrying a water bottle next time.
Stealth brag: During my warmup lap I raised the saddle and slid it forward, tilted the bars up a bit, lowered tire pressure, and used the barrel adjusters on the brakes. Shifting and everything else I didn’t touch, which I feel is pretty good considering the warm up was the first time I rode it ever (didn’t even test ride the night of the build).