Agate is a classic. Its a strong day of riding and over way to quickly. That section of high speed trail blasting water bars into off camber turns is fantastic!
Saturday was the AMBC Fall Festival down at Baker Creek. I hadn’t been to one in a couple of years and even then it was held at Brian Hann’s house. To make the day even better Geritt came over! Its great when I get to ride with him, we don’t do it enough.
The trails in Baker’s were relatively dry after a night’s rain. However when we rode out in Hastie it was like riding on a sheet of glass covered with axle grease. We had a freaking blast! Later in the day, Meghann and the boys showed up and we got to ride together on Barn Burner and Cruise Valley. Wyatt demoed a full suspension Specialized and now I am sure I’ll never hear the end of it.
Around 6 we were starving and went to the boy’s favorite, Central Flats and Taps. Not sure why they love it so, but it is good. Around 6:45 we managed to get 4 tickets to the 7:30 TN vs. Southern Miss homecoming game. Yee Haw brewing was struggling to give these away and as a result we even got a free parking pass. It was the easiest game we have ever been to.
JP and I tackled a ride that would start out on Rainbow trail and finish with a sweet illegal trail down into Salida. The trail climbed steadily for quiet a while and finished with a brutal hike-a-bike. But the next DH was loose and blown out. Well worth it. JP took the lead and I was smiling all the way down. After a short transfer we started down the illegal trail that was really well made and finished on a trail called Lost that would finish just outside the town if Salida. We rode back into town and had some beers while we formulated a plan to pick up JPs vehicle. At worst we could have just pedaled the distance but luckily JPs mother-in-law Diane came to the rescue.
After years of wishing to do it, I finally found a team. It was a lot more fun that I thought it would be. The team was Bruce Martin, Todd Jones, Micheal Bowling and myself. We all met each other this summer while doing the Wed evening races. We finished a lap up on 2nd place and only needed 12 laps to win.
Sunday there was a XC race at Loyston and they had a big portion of it dedicated to kids. Rory got his chance to race his mountain bike for the 1st time and dominated his competitors. We was so far ahead after the DH portion that we had time to fix his derailled chain and he still finished 1st with no other racer in sight. Impressed.
Wyatt raced in the 9-10 class and I was anxious to see how he would stack up against kids his own age versus some 14 year old. Their course was a full lap around the original Loyston Loop which was around 5.5 miles. I went down in the woods towards the end of the course and was really excited to see him in 3rd position and so close to Henry Reed (whom has beat Wyatt at every Wed race). After he entered the woods at the beginning so far in the back and just following the kids in front of him, I was really happy to see that he passed so many kids during the loop.