Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Monthly STXC at bear creek

Last night was the monthly race at Bear Creek it was pretty fun. Even though the course was a little long for a short track and basically a total rock garden it was still fun. The race started off with about 5 of us pulling away from the group me in the back Gunnar in 3rd. Our group stayed together until the end of the first lap then we all separated. I had something lubey in my sights the whole race until I saw him on the side of the road at the finish on the 2nd to last lap. I guess he had a mechanical of some sort I'm not sure what happened though. But I'm pretty sure I got 4th, not positive though. I think there were about 9 or 10 in the race. After the experts went who were movin of course was the fun race. This time we were teamed up with somebody in the opposite race. Then top 4 would get in a paddle boat and go around the farthest fountain and back, 1st place got $20. I was teamed up with DJ, we were a pretty good team we both finished about mid pack. So the race went off and at the first corner I was stuck between some people, 2 people almost fell because of this big gully that they didn't know about. So when i tagged DJ we were in second and we stayed right there with Aaron gaining on us. I had the boat and life jacket ready and off we went. Somehow we were in first and had a pretty good lead. With both our legs burning we got to edge of the water in first and I got myself $20, nice payday for a race that cost $5. Hope we use the lake again next race makes it's really fun.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Finally a break

Well today i just go back from camping for the week which was pretty fun. I got to go canoeing and it was really fun. For the first time in about 5 months i haven't been on a bike the entire week. So I'm going to have to get out riding tomorrow to get ready for iron hill. It sounds like it will be a fun race. Its a little different with the 1 hour time Span. Instead of a 8 mile course or doing laps. I'm not positive if i can go to iron hill because we are going to the outer banks the next day but I'm pretty sure were going. I haven't been to iron hill before but i heard it is a pretty easy course. Cant wait.

Monday, July 14, 2008

DTS Fair Hill

Fair Hill was really fun with a BEA-utiful day. The course was super fast and very smooth. The start didn't go to well. When they split the J2s and J3s they didn't make it clear that we were going about 5 seconds after the J3s so I sat there thinking i had about a minute to get prepared then ever body went, And I was still sitting there once I figured out that we were going everybody was out 20 ft in front of me. So I scrambled to get clipped in and sprinted to catch up. Luckily I caught up with them before we went into the woods. So after a while my chain suck guard got twisted, with the Velcro rubbing against the wheel it started making the sound of a dirt bike. So for about 15 minutes I had to listen to this buzzing and finally i got time to twist it and stop the noise. So by this time a had passed a few J3 kids and was running behind another J3 kid. I dropped him on the climb on the wide path and another long road climb. But with his full suspension he caught me on the downhills. Probably 2 miles from the end were there were a lot of roots and it was flat the J3 kid was nowhere in sight. So i just kept pushing and finished with a good gap between me and the next Junior 2 to finish. So now it was time for awards. I walked up to the awards table and what do you know i saw a stans tubeless kit that i wanted to get soon so I was pretty happy I got that. (The picture is my delayed start) So in the end it was a great day.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Training Training Training

Well lately I've been riding, eating, riding some more and then sleeping. Monday my legs felt terrible after the stage race in Marysville. So I took Monday off and just layedaround and rested. But the rest of the week I've been riding. Tuesday I did around 23 miles on the road then 27 on Wed. Thursday I did around 17 miles at Spring Mountain. Yesterday I did around 14 on the road I didn't want to tire my self out to much for Fairhill tomorrow (Sunday) I cant wait. So today I'm helping my dad paint a mailbox post ,drinking lots of water and getting stuff ready for Fairhill tomorrow.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Mary time at Marysville

Marysville was superfun the best race in MASS. Visit Pa put on an awesome race. Between great people, great food and a great course. Friday was the Night TT it was so cool. It didn't go amazing I fell on a log early on and it was hard to see because of the fog or mist or what ever it was. But I did pass about 5 people in the end and I thought it was the best part of the weekend. Saturday was the XC and the course was still a little muddy from the rain on Friday. At the start it was me Alex Reinke and another kid that rode away from the rest of the field. We stayed together for about 2 miles and got stuck behind some of the starters in front of us I think we should have been started earlier in the class but whatever. After we got passed them we were going good. About 1 mile after we passed them I dropped the other kid but Alex dropped me, luckily he is in J3 16-18. So the rest of the race went well and I felt really good. After the race I went back to the truck and cleaned up and went back to awards and some food.

Sunday was the hill climb and the STXC unfortunately their were only 4 people in the entire beginner class for the hill climb. Me and another guy went off hard and stayed together for about 1/2 a mile and then I dropped him and my legs felt good from there. Harlan, Kyle, and Aaron passed me about 1/2 mile from the top. Beginners started out like 1 mile in front of those guys they were haulin. Once everyone got up to the top it was a very controlled downhill. Just kidding it was chaos. I saw 4 people almost fall. It was crazy but super fun. About an hour after we got back to the farm it was time for short track. Off the start I took Gunnars advice and went off like a rocket and just tried to push and keep up the intesity as best I could. Then I rode my way to first. After that i waited for awards while everyone waited we did the famous huffy toss. It was super intense. Then it was awards I had a 2nd a 1st and a 1st and then they called me up for 1st place in the stage race. Now it was time to go home and rest. Cant wait for next year.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

STXC at bear creek

This race series is super fun this month it was the best course so far and i felt really good. I beat 2-3 guys and got 7th not amazing but it was fun. After every race we do a fun race. Usually it is just a miss-in-out, but this time they added a twist and the last 4 riders went over to the lake and took out a kayak and went out and back Topher won and i got last 4th with gunnar 3rd. It was the best STXC so far.