Race: Wednesdays at Wakefield (the DC area mid-week mtb championships of the world...)
Date: June 20
Conditions: 100 degrees, dusty, heat stroke possible
Riders: Dylan 1st, Jeff 2nd
Dylan and Jeff took on the first of four W@W series events, a mid-week series that's been happening for over a decade at the local Wakefield Park. The Potomac Velo Club (the promoters of the Greenbrier AMBC/Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship event) have been putting on the events that hundreds of mountain bike racers attend through four weeks in the summer. From the race website:
"Summer Wednesday's are for Mountain Biking! The Potomac Velo Club's (PVC) Wednesdays @ Wakefield (W@W) series continues a great tradition of "after work" mountain biking founded almost a decade ago at Wakefield Park. Sponsored by The Bike Lane, Crank Brothers, Positively Chiropractic, and Hammer Nutrition -- with 15% of race proceeds going to Trips for Kids -- this fun yet competitive multi-lap course brings out some of the best mountain bikers in Washington, DC! Special thanks to the Fairfax County Park Authority and the folks at Audrey Moore RECenter for helping us make your Summer Wednesday afternoons not suck!"
Dylan got a great start at the race and followed Connor Bell (8th at this year's opening World Cup event in South Africa) through the first lap. I was 4-5 riders behind after dealing with some chain drop issues near the start of the race.
I got the chain issues sorted out in time for the start of the second of four 14-16 minute laps to watch Dylan attack and power away from the group.
I rode with Ian Spivak for a half lap before solo bridging the 30 second gap to Dylan.
Dylan and I rode together for the last lap and a half to maintain the separation to Ian.
Dylan took the win after leading through the last singletrack section that dumped us out right on top of the finish line.
It was a hot day and I was happy to have finished the 1 hour race only 4lbs lighter than when I started...
Good luck to Dylan at the upcoming USA Cycling Regional Development XC MTB Camp!