June 17, 2013

Massanutten Hoo-Ha 2013 - Race Report

Cam Dodge: 1st, Enduro/ 2nd, Pro Elite XC
Dylan Johnson: 3rd, Pro Elite XC
Jeff Dickey: 8th, Enduro/ 9th, Pro Elite XC
Jay Dodge: 4th, Cat 1 Masters 40+ XC

Cam riding to the win in the Enduro, Photo Courtesy of Ian McAlexander - ITMexposures.com 

On Saturday June 8 Scott Pro MTB team members Cam Dodge, Jay Dodge, Jeff Dickey, and Dylan Johnson went down to Harrisonburg Virginia to compete in the 25th annual Massenutten Hoo-Ha mountain bike race. This year the Hoo-Ha added an enduro race on Saturday before the cross country race on Saturday.

Jeff riding to 8th place in the Enduro, Photo Courtesy of Ian McAlexander - ITMexposures.com
The Enduro was a four stage downhill event in which riders raced each of the stages for time and the rider with the fastest combined time from the four stages was the winner.

Riding aboard his Scott Spark 900, Cam took the enduro win buy almost a minute proving that the Spark is just as capable on the gnarly downhills as it is on an XC race course(especially considering that most of the competition had 5 to 7 inch travel all mountain bikes). Jeff finished in strong in 8th place despite a bad crash on stage 2.
Cam on top of the Enduro podium taking a victory shower, Photo Courtesy of Ian McAlexander - ITMexposures.com 
Sunday June 9 was the XC race. Massanutten Hoo-Ha regulars and heavy hitters Jeremiah Bishop and Nick Waite were at the race so we knew it was going to be a tough day(Nick was also on his new Scott Spark 900). Despite a blistering pace set by Jeremiah on the prolog loop, Cam was able to stay with him going into the first climb. Jeremiah and Nick turned up the pace on the climb and got out of sight of Cam, however on the downhill Nick crashed hard but came back to get 5th place.

Just behind Cam was Dylan battling with Brad Perley for the third position. Cam rode by himself most of the race and maintained his pace to get 2nd place behind Jeremiah. On the final lap Dylan was able to open up a gap on the downhill to snag 3rd place making for 2 Scott Pro MTB riders in the top three and three Scott Sparks in the top five.  
Cam on the first lap behind Jeremiah Bishop, Photo Courtesy of Ian McAlexander - ITMexposures.com  

Dylan going head to head with Brad Perley on the downhill for 3rd place, Photo Courtesy of Ian McAlexander - ITMexposures.com
  Jeff finished in the top ten, grabbing ninth place. This was a great result considering that Jeff was getting married in less than two weeks and had backed off his training. Jay had a strong race in the masters 40+ category finishing in fourth place.
Jeff ripping the downhill, Photo Courtesy of Ian McAlexander - ITMexposures.com 
Jay on his last lap, Photo Courtesy of Ian McAlexander - ITMexposures.com 
Pro/Elite Men Podium
Masters 40+ Podium Photo Courtesy of Ian McAlexander - ITMexposures.com 
   Cam, Jay, Jeff, and Dylan were all running Continental X King and Race King tires with ProTection. Among eight tires there wasn’t one flat tire all weekend in both the Enduro and XC race on some extremely rocky and rough trails. In fact after talking we realized that NONE of us has had a flat during any race this season. Many of the races we do feature technical east coast trails loaded with rocks and roots where flat tires are quite common. We are certainly thankful to be on Continental ProTection tires with Stan’s sealant.

In addition to Continental, we'd like to thank our other sponsors of the team -- these folks keep us going! 

  • Scott Bicycles - Scott Scale 900s and Spark 900s
  • Optic Nerve - Sunglasses -- Colorado to the Core
  • Limar Helmets - The lightest and most comfortable helmets in the world
  • Fizik Saddles - Comfortable and light and fit to your body flexibility type
  • ESI Grips - Hands down the most comfortable grips int he world
  • Zevlin - Makers of fine chamois cream, body care products for cyclists and handlebar tape
  • Yokozuna - Ultrapremium shift cables
  • Lifeproof - iPhone, iPad and iPod cases that are waterproof, shock proof, dust proof and snow proof, plus the accessories to take your device to the extreme.
  • Stan's NoTubes - Tubeless wheels and systems
  • Stuffitts - Portable drying solutions to keep your cycling gear dry and smelling good
  • Dumonde Tech - Eco Friendly and High Performance lubricants
  • The Parts Shoppe - Ceramic bottom brackets, pulleys, bearings and ultra low friction grease
  • Medilast - Compression gear for athletes
  • VeloInk - Custom graphics for your bike
  • Polar Bottle - Keeping your liquids hot or cold
  • Strava - Tracking rides and competing against friends
  • The Sufferfest - Training videos to kick our asses today so we can beat yours tomorrow!

- Dylan


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