Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Furious 3 ....

.... race weekend was pretty awesome and everthing a race weekend should be. Wet, muddy, tacky to dry trails well made for fun fun riding. Great riders out made for a real race to the finish, thanks Mical and con grats on a great race and win.

Friday we started with pretty good weather but trail were pretty wet from rain earlier days. Mixture of gravel roads and lots of single track decending. Both Mical and Melanie is off at the start and not much I can do to keep the start pace, which then Im stuck in the downhill lineup. First down was steep and technical and a new trail Id love to do again. Some more climbs and downs and toward the end it opens up for true enjoyment of Fernie riding! So fun! Never saw Mical until I crossed the finish in second.

Day 2 was a wet day. We spent most of it at the skihill side of town. Lots of climbing and lots of amazing down. Wet didnt really bother me as trails seem to hold up good and it was not cold. The people along the trail were still out cheering and even a boombox party at one of the climbs. Start as day one was too hard for me to hang on to both Melanie and Mical but this time I cought up to Melanie a bit earlier and eventually would see Mical. We road some fun singletrack together and just as we passed feed and started climbing project9 she fell behind. I held that to the finish but not much of a gap so before day three she would still be in the lead. Felt good and besides the many stops to clean and lube chain bike seem to work good but the 24 small ring was greatly missed.

Last day and needed to get a minute or so to get the overall. Mical hammers off the start and I had to forget about hanging on once again. Get in a bit of a jam to start but it quickly spreads out. Back on the town side we climb up sidewinder to deadfall, steady pace and legs feel ok. I plan to ride steady and hope to have enouh left to the major last clim  at the end. We ride the coal discovery trial (i think) for a while, not my best ride of the weekend and manage to wipe out on a flat slow section (clumsy amd embaresing). I figured we were almost in Sparwood, eventually popped out on a road and had to work the road back to top of kids stuff. Got to enjoy splitting bears by my self and smile was on! Now over to roots and the big climb, first road then single track up to castle. Mical was out of sight but should be a couple of minutes up so there was a slight chance. But she was too strong today and only saw her as we creasted the top. Got her wheel further down and from there it was all super fun until we hit the road and I learned it was not all down! Road climb again and legs felt completly done. Put in what I had to hang on and then some more fun down. Got a tiny gap after Mical had a shift issue on one of the dips and worked, slowed down assuming she would be right back on the well and I needed to rest if I was gona hold her to finish but looking back gap is still there. Had to work harder than ever and barley held it to the finish. Fun race!

Great weekend with great racing on some of the best trails.

Happy Riding!

No comments:

Post a Comment