May 31, 2010
May 26, 2010
The morning of didn't go as planned...I woke up an hour later than I had set my alarm clock for, leaving me with about 20 minutes to get ready. Once we got to the venue, our minivan got stuck in the mud. Luckily, us bicyclists are somewhat strong and some fellow racers helped us out.
The actual race went surprisingly well for whatever reason. Four of us toed the line, Ryan was there and so were two kids I had never seen before. I got the holeshot after a long fireroad sprint and stayed in front. I caught my nemesis, Ben Chase, who, now 18 is racing in the next group up and had started a few minutes before me. I have never bested him, he has always manged to put 15-30 seconds on me in the last 15 minutes of racing. We talked and rode together for 10 miles, then I pulled away...and finally crossed the finish line in front of him and all the other juniors. No crashing, no mechanicals, good weather (a bit warm, though), dry course, great vibe, etc, etc. It was great! I guess that extra hour of sleep payed off.My time ended up being right up there with the fast Experts. I ended up 14th out of 77 total Experts, but my time was only about two minutes slower than the majority of the people faster than me in an almost two hour race.
I saw a bunch of friends I hadn't seen for a while, and it was fun to catch up on things. I'm still waiting on race pictures. There were probably 10 cameras pointed at me each lap, but none of those people got pictures of me. So far, four races, four wins. I don't want to race with the Elites just yet, because they are still quite a bit faster than me and I don't have the time to dedicate myself to the volume of training needed not to get DFL. I'm still riding only about once a week, so I don't know why I'm not getting DFL in the Expert class.
Anyways, I can't wait until next year!
May 19, 2010
May 17, 2010
The course is in someone's backyard, which happens to be a giant swamp (ie: mud) with tricky rock gardens everywhere. In 2008, the mud was deep and you couldn't see the rocks. This year, you could see the rocks, but they were just as dangerous.
The parking lots were full.
Cool timing system that posted results immediately.
more regularly again (more than once a week!) I can get back into the faster Cat.1 times.
May 13, 2010
May 10, 2010
On the Rocks At French Creek
Saturday, May 08, 2010
A two lap (each lap 10 mile) race. same as last weekend’s MASS series race (@ the granogue estate) this race is the only time that bikes are allowed on the property. So I felt fortunate to have the opportunity to ride these sweet trails on the only day every year that it is legal to do so.
About half way through my first lap I get a flat tire and was passed by all riders in my category. Flat tires during races are pretty demotivating. But seeing as money goes 15 deep I knew I still stood a chance to rake in some cash so I resorted to plan B which was finish top 15.
I pulled it off, finishing 13th.
Several others on the scott rc crew were there…
Scott Wilson finished 2nd in cat 1
Jay Dodge finished 1st in the maters cat 1
Cam Dodge was riding strong in the pro/open until he got a mechanical
May 05, 2010
If your not into nuts either, don't worry. Later this summer, Raw Rev is set to release three new, non-nut based bars. (Dates and cashews are the big ingredients in the regular guys) I got a little sneak peak and got a chance to try them out a few weeks ago. Personally, I'm looking forward to the Tropical Banana. Check them out.
May 04, 2010
H2H Campmore Series
A short race report from John on his and Ross' difficult race in New Jersey this past weekend at the Campmore H2Race in Hewitt, NJ:
The race was too hot (90 plus degrees and humid), too long (3hrs) and too technical with rock gardens everywhere.
This race was just about survival.
My body almost suffered total shut down multiple times.
I got a good start -- 3rd wheel out of about 30+ racers -- but, then the heat and rocks took a toll on me and every other racer there.
Many riders DNF'ed, and I should have too, but I'm stupid and just rode super slow and ended up finishing 8th.
This was the most I have ever suffered in a race.
Ross and most other racers were smart -- he pulled off on his second lap.
May 2, 2010
This race has been on my schedule for awhile now. After having a bad series of events at Tour De Tykes and being the new guy representing the Scott RC Mountain Bike Team I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well.
Not having been on the course before I wasn't sure what to expect. The course turned out to be super fun and fast with tight, twisty, rocky, rooty slightly wet singletrack and some punchy climbs. Nothing too bad in the extended let-it-all-hang-out climbs, but enough to keep you honest. Pressure aside it turned out to be a pretty good day.
The Scott Scale 29er I was riding was a smart choice turning babyhead rocks and off-camber roots into rollers. I am not sure what the headtube angle is on the bike, but it handles and turns quicker than any 26 inch full-suspension or hardtail I've ridden.
The bike performed well and so did I taking the win in the Cat 1 class.
Aaron rode for an uncontested win today and Mike rode to a strong 5th place. It was a hot day, but a good showing for the Scott guys.
Next up "On the Rocks" French Creek.
May 02, 2010
The course ended up being really fun… it was a pretty fast with some hilly sections and only a few rocky sections… Teammate Aaron Snyder took an easy victory (in the men pro open) today with no real challengers...
I came in 5th.