Late Friday afternoon, Tom Hutchison decided he wanted to walk out and have another look at the finish of the Fair HillFEI 100-Mile Ride, which would start the next morning, Oct. 16. He’d pre-ridden the concluding, 10-mile trail the day before, but he’d found the turns confusing.
That reconnaissance was a key decision, because the next time he’d be there it would be dark and raining, and he’d be chasing World Champion Valerie Kanavy while trying to hold off 18-year-old Canadian rider Ryan Rawaki.
And he did both, passing Kanavy and nosing out Rawaki.
On his own Prymtym, Hutchison galloped to the brightly lit finish line, behind the Fair Hill CCI’s Sponsors’ Tent, just 3 seconds ahead of Rawaki, on JC Quick Quint. Connie Walker, on Electric Smoke, crossed the line only 18 seconds later, 5 seconds ahead of Kanavy, on Shahdon.
Just 23 seconds separated the top four at the end of about 151