Race: Bike Line Spring XC at Fair Hill - MASS Series Opener
Location: Elkton MD
Conditions: Fast and hard packed
Riders: Open/Elite- Cam (1st), Jeff (8th), Nick (10th), Mike (22nd), Adam (38th); Masters 40+ Elite - Nate (6th)
This was the first official team race of the year. Beautiful conditions for a race. Cool, with trails that had seen a little rain earlier in the week, making the dirt tacky and mostly dust free. An extremely blue sky. Vibrant green grass. Springtime, finally!
It was great to see Bart at the event with the Scott Sprinter van. He had a Spark RC for folks to check out.
We lined up with 50 or more riders in the combined Elite and Elite Master's fields. The field was so large that we extended over the road, into the field on the side, just to have enough room.
|Lined up behind Cam|
|Sprinting from the start|
|Already back in 15th place, just 15 seconds off the start - I should have used a larger chainring!|
|Fighting it out for placing in the first singletrack section|
|Following the wheel into one of the few open field sections - off the the left, in the distance, is the lead pack|
Jeff got hung up in the first lap and Nick got caught up by a bobble by the other riders in the lead group of seven, kicking him out of their draft and adrift until Jeff's group of six riders caught up to him at the end of the first lap.
Cam's group was about a minute up on the Jeff/Nick group after the first lap. Mike was riding his usual, start slow and turn in faster and faster laps, strategy. Jeff took off after the Cam group going into lap 2 and eventually worked up to Jordan from the Giant Off-Road team (Jordan had flatted) at the end of the second lap.
|It took a bit for Jeff to catch up to Jordan, but it was a good wheel to follow|
|Captured the podium shot just a moment too late|
Nate missed out on 5th place by .1 second in a tight sprint for the line.
All, and all, a perfect start to the mountain bike season. Couldn't have asked for better weather or conditions.
Most of the team made the race, but John, Ross and Zack were at other events and it will be good to see them and Dylan and Scottie at future races.
John was at the Chain Stretcher H2H series opener and riding in the top 10, until a mechanical took him out of the running.
Ross placed 37th at the Cohutta 100, the second stop on the National Ultra Endurance Series.
Zack was riding the rocky ridges and valleys in the Shenandoah Valley in the Stokesville-Douthat-Stokesville long-pull ride.
Dylan was finishing up final exams at Brevard before heading back to Virginia this week.
Full results from the Fair Hill race, including lap times, are available here.
|Mike riding some fun trails at White Clay Park after the race (only a few miles away from the race venue)|
Next up for the team is a split between the MASS Iron Hill event, Michaux Maximus (rocks galore) and the H2H Wawayanda Spring Cleaning series event.
- Mike & Jeff