There are some things you just shouldn’t say out loud (or in email) before a race when there is even a chance of rain:
“2-1/2 hours to race time, so I think it will be mostly dry at that point”
“We may be a little wet at the start, but I don’t think it will be a soaker like 2 years ago”
“I don’t think the hard stuff’s gonna come down for a while”
The first 2 were emailed (one by me, the other by Tris). The last one I actually said out loud, before the start of the Zoar Road Race. And it ended up raining about as hard as the rainstorm in Caddyshack.
I won’t make that mistake again.
The only race I can remember where it rained harder was one year at the Chippewa Creek Road Race, where on the downhill the rain felt like it was hail. Zoar wasn’t quite that bad, but it did make me wonder about the intelligence of screaming downhill at speeds approaching 50mph while barely being able to see. I tried without glasses (was afraid of losing my contacts), looking over the top of the glasses (same), with glasses (a complete blur). I mostly tried to follow wheels and hope no one did anything stupid.
It finally let up just in time to flat, with about 10 miles to go. And the bike still would have to be cleaned later