So much wrong with this, but…
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.
I started out really well and felt good until the finish of the 2nd lap when I started to feel sick to my stomach. In an effort to stem the nausea I dropped anchor and lost the lead about half way through the last lap. Finally recovered about an hour after the race. Not sure what the issue was. Perhaps it was the onset of heat exhaustion. My legs never really felt bad but I felt on the verge of throwing up for a while there. Lost 5 minutes on the last lap. Limped in 2nd place.