Dropped out of the race due to knee pain. Thought I might make it through, especially after the first field, but then we hit that gravel downhill and things changed. Started to stiffen up and was dropping places, was in last not long after the mile. Kept going but it was getting worse and the gap was growing, and then the second downhill did me in. Limp-jogged to the top of Ferndale and walked back. Disappointing because it's the first DNF I remember and I was looking forward to a fast race, but there's not much I can do about it so no biggie.