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This past weekend was the series finale for the Carter’s Lake Mini-DH series down in Ellijay, Ga. But before the race on Sunday, Mark Ziska and I traveled over to Wolf Ridge Ski Resort on Saturday. We went to help Ryan Taylor finish up the race course for the up coming race this Saturday. It has been awhile since Wolf held a race and this will be very unique course for this area. The top half of the course will be super wide open and drifty. The bottom half is a mix of tight woods and open ski slope. The two halves are divided by a massive step down. It will be interesting to see how I will fair on such a mix of courses.
On to Carter’s Lake. I finished third in the first race and first in the second. I was sitting on top of the points, but just barley over Jake from Atlanta who was only 50 points behind me. I needed to finish ahead of him to keep the series lead, but of course I wanted to win.
The heat lately has been almost unbearable. Saturday (trail-building) and Sunday were no different. I tried to not do too many runs, but of course I like riding too much and I probably did a few too many. By race time I was sapped. But it seemed like everyone else was as well. I posted a 1:36 on my first run. Jeremy R was 3 seconds back. On a course this short, I felt pretty good about my lead, so I relaxed a little bit for the second run and coasted some of the course after I blew a couple turns early. I still would have had a winning time with my second run, so I left good to have a clean victory and series win.
Here are a few pictures taken by the onearmedbandit again…
This past weekend was the Snowshoe Full Throttle Race Series #2. Meghann was finished with school finally (she graduated summa cum laude). So she had some time to travel with me to the race. We put the camper top on the truck and took the dogs with us. Isabella is very easy to travel with, but Domino is special and requires extra attention. But over all she did well.
Instead of camping out of Silvercreek and driving back and forth, we camped in the parking lot right next to the lift. It was more convenient. It was a good idea and others joined us. We had a good group including Mark, Brady, Jon, Jeff, Mo, Kenan, James, Stan, Klara and Mike.
The course was the usual start to STP road and Ball n’ Jack. The course is well seasoned, fast, and rough. There were a couple new section thrown in. There was a new berm section at the beginning of Ball n’ Jack that in my opinion didn’t flow every well for DH bikes. I was pretty fun on small bikes, but it was a slow section during the race.
I finished 10th again and under the conditions I’ll take it. I had pulled my groin and hamstring pretty bad just before the race and I wasn’t even sure I would get to race. I tried my best to practice with riders faster than me so that I could get some good practice, but my regulars (Ryan B, Ryan T, Geritt, etc.) were not there, so it was hard to consistently get fast runs. But I am beginning to realize that my style is rough and loose and I should just stick to that instead of trying to be overly smooth. I think I loose some of my aggressiveness. So I’ll just need to stick to what I know.
Meghann took a few pictures and some turned out well. Here are a few of folks we spent the weekend with…
This little fella woke us up several times throughout the night…
I was tired of doing trail work and I crave riding with other riders, so I went to Tanasi outside Cleveland, TN. The riders were Terry, Mark, Jay, and Jen. It was really, really humid. I think we did around 22ish miles. Needless to say, we all were tired at the end of the day.
Sorry about the delay in updates. I had a pretty good crash last Saturday and I haven’t been on the bike much. The Sugar National was this weekend. I elected not to go, again. 1.5 hour practices per day on a 30 minute lift just didn’t do it for me. I really missed the competition, but for the price and stupid practice schedule I just wasn’t fired up about it. It seems lots of folks thought the same thing. Boooo NORBA. Thanks for killing national level competition.
I did some trail work at Bigfoot on Friday and Windrock on Saturday. Bigfoot was overgrown with ragweed, but the jumps still look in good condition. I think I’ll do some jumping this week. Windrock needed a few items attended to as well. There was a tree down in the Baby-Head rock garden, the bridge at the bottom of Southern Rocks was busted and the new trail Mark and I started needed a new connection into the Baby-Head. Lucky The Mayor came out and helped, otherwise I would have never got it finished. There is a bit of bench work to be done, but I think it is at least ridable for the time being. Maybe I can get a few folks to help me finish it this week sometime.
After the work on Saturday, Chris and I explored the proposed Windrock XC area around the Coal Creek Campground. Wow. There is some great terrain out there. I took some pictures of the area, but we really need to get some folks out there to see it for themselves.
Again, I stole these from the 1armedbandit and his shooting has gotten much better. Some of these are quality!
The course was the same, the fun was much more and I won since the local top dog wasn’t in attendance. But I did manage to pull off 2 seconds on race #1 time. That only puts me 1 second behind Herndon’s course record.
My ole buddy Loo from San Diego/New Orleans had organized a ride trip for him and some of his buddies to Windrock and Snowshoe. So he, Toby, Steve, and Tim set out for my place on Wednesday the 4th. They arrived late in the evening of the 4th and were up early the next morning for riding at Windrock. We got in couple runs, but in typical Windrock fashion, the mountain claimed fresh meat. Tim, who had never ridden a real DH course, took at dirt nap on the first run and ended up breaking his arm just above the wrist. Since he needed to see a ortho, he decided to call the rest of the trip and fly home Thursday night while we drove onto Snowshoe for the rest of the weekend.
Snowshoe received a good dose of rain all day Thursday, so the trails were good and wet on Friday. But they dried well and were primo all day Saturday and Sunday. Joining us were Josh, Matt, Mark and Terry (all Windrock locals). Also joining us were Stan and Clara. We have seen them at Snowshoe a couple of times and Windrock once. They are really nice folks and huge Morewood fans. So they are cool in my book. Here are some pictures for the fun.
Getting ready for the first run of the trip at Snowshoe.
Terry and Toby.
Toby and Steve.
Loo on the hip.
Terry on the hip.
Racer Boy low and slow on the hip.
Toby’s pink Bottle Rocket.
Clara on Powerline.
Mark on the hip.
Clara on the hip.
Stan on the hip hop.
Me coming down to earth.
Mark in flight.
Doing the Terry.
The world championships of bread flinging.
The Czech Republic wins.
Never enough bikes.
4th celebration at Snowshoe.
Sneaking into the Silvercreek hot tub.
What can you say?
Its funny until someone gets hurt, then its hilarious.
Getting “Game Ready”
Who doesn’t carry a full rotisserie chicken in their camelbak?
Matt and Stan.
Stan and Clara.
Luckily for us, Snowshoe Resort has put on a really good race series over the last two years. Last year I did pretty good in the series and place 8th overall in the Pro/Open category. Because of such I got a number 8 race plate for the entire series this and thats pretty cool. As usual we traveled like a band of gypsies and took part of the free camping in the Silvercreek parking lot. We ate like Wafflehouse regulars with eggs and squealer every morning and didn’t do too bad at night with some Elk burger.
And in typical Snowshoe fashion the course was muddy and pedally. The tires of choice are Maxxis Wet Scream 2.5s and the tube fender is a must. But the course dried nice and by race time on Sunday I was back on Minion DHFs. Its hard to judeg how the course is going to dry from your last practice run at 11 am to your race run at 4:17pm, so I was quite sloppy with my timing in some sections. I was pleased overall with my run since I placed 10th in the pro category and won $50. However it wasn’t too stoke to leave my winnings on the roof of my truck only to drive off and loose them.
Oh well I’ll back back up at Snowshoe this weekend for some more riding, so look for more updates.
Took some time this morning to get in some fishing with Curt. It was relaxing to get back on the river and get away from the training and work.
We have a buddy from Alabama that rides bikes. His name is Bill.
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