May 22, 2012

Wisp XC Challenge - Race Report

Race: Wisp Resort XC Challenge -  Appalachian Bicycle Racing Association Series Race #1
Date: May 20, 2012
Location: Deep Creek, Maryland
Conditions: Warm and sunny
Rider: Dylan Johnson, 1st (Pro/Expert)

Dylan headed out to race in the ABRA series at Wisp Resort in Deep Creek, MD, an area known for having a lot of climbing.  It's a fun resort in the summer time to get away from the heat (the last time I was there, it was 90 degrees in Washington, DC and 55 degrees in Deep Creek - a welcome reprieve from the summer heat) and consequently many folks from DC head there for training camps in the summertime.

Dylan took on the course which featured rocky downhills and double-track climbing.  He rode in a group of three for most of the day and put in an attack on the last climb to win by about 1 minute over second place.  The total time was about 2 hours, 20 minutes, which was fairly long for an XC race, but suited Dylan's ultra-endurance capabilities.

This was also his first race in the new team kit - a great start to showing off our team's 2012 sponsors!

At the start
Heading out for 2.5 hours of climbing and riding rocks
Rocky downhills
Dylan in the lead group of three
Taking the win
Post race - some mud on the course
- Jeff

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