What I truly love and enjoy doing. Even better with good friends. The singlespeed was perfect for the trails we rode. Unfortunately we have two people get injured pretty seriously, and healing vibes to them. See photos from our recent MTB trip out to Sedona AZ here. Tailwinds!
The top-step feeling is really incredible, especially when you work your ass off for it. Raced singlespeed open class at the Triple Crown Series race #2 at Bonelli Park. We started with the Pro/Expert classes and I hit the throttle off the line. The course starts off with a long fireroad climb, followed by a pretty easy (but very fast) double track descent then crosses over into singletrack climbs and downhills for the remainder of the course. I was geared at 34/20 on my s-works 29er which is not an easy gear to push over. I picked off geared riders in the Pro/Expert classes on the climbs, and on the second lap ran into a lot of traffic to work through. I kept telling myself to just keep the pace high and recover on the rollers/downhills as much as I can but not blow up. As I hit the singletrack on the last lap, I was seeing stars but I knew after looking back and not seeing anyone, I had it. All those miles and hours in the saddle were going to pay off today. I crested the final singletrack climb where my wife and two of my friends were cheering me on, and just let ‘er rip down to the finish line. Came in with a final time of 1:12-ish and 1st place with a sizable gap on the rest of my class. I was pretty beside myself.
My first Sport/Cat 2 XC race yesterday. 4 laps of 3 miles per lap with about 700ft of climbing per lap. Got a good start and worked my way through the field into 2nd wheel. Sat 2nd for the first 2 laps (Sean T was in 1st and we never saw him again), then got passed on a long fireroad climb in the 3rd lap. Sat patiently on the dudes wheel until the last lap and wanted to drop him on the singletrack to the finish where I saw he was weak. Right as we crested the climb I shift over into the big ring for the downhill, and the chain tangles up between the frame and then tosses it off the crankarm. F! The dude takes off and another guy in our category took advantage and jumped past me while i pulled over to fix it.
I chased them down the singletrack, had them in my sights and as we hit the straight gravel to the finish they saw me coming and just took turns pulling to the finish. Came through for a 4th. such a bummer. Would have been good to podium such a fast race for mudfoot.