What a weekend. I was able to ride, with others, that wanted to ride as hard and as much as me on my home turf. It is always good when Geritt, Jeff and Karl come into town. The only thing missing is Ryan Bloch. But this just in…. he’s going with us to the US Open! He called lastnight and informed me that he was missing the action too much and wanted to go. This is good news because he is the dirty glue that keeps us together.
I have done some good rides on Monday and Tuesday. Monday I tried to ride my DJ at Haw Ridge. What a mistake. The fork was messed up and in a matter of a few miles, my hands were numb. I cut my ride short and went to Bigfoot for some jumping. Good thing too. There were a bunch of new faces out there enjoying the place. Bret is a newcomer and has good video skills… check this out:
This past weekend Karl, Jeff, and Geritt came up to ride in the near perfect conditions at Windrock. Karl picked up a 2006 Morewood Izimu a couple weekends ago. This weekend Geritt, Jeff and I were building our new 2007 Izimus.
The bike club at Clemson University held a small DH race yesterday and it was a really good time. I have been having problems getting fired up about the season since I spent so much time on the bike this past winter. I had felt that my skill level was on par with the top guys so I worked a lot on my fitness this winter by riding a lot of XC. I think I am seeing that it is starting to pay off. I placed 5th out of 20 pro/open guys on a very pedaly course. Here are a few pictures of me.
Sorry for no pics lately, but I’ve been under the weather with a sinus infection. But I did some runs at WR this afternoon with Josh, Damon, Matt, DJ, and some other cat. We got sprinkled on off and on, but the rain made the trails better. I did some good quality runs on the lower trails and started to find my race rythym for the first time this year. It felt good.
Trying to beat the weekend wet weather forecast, I grabbed my Shova and did another most excellent ride at Haw. With the rain from Wednesday and some sprinkles today the trail conditions were PERFECT. I did a nice loop while jamming out to my mp3s. Had one good fall, so I know I was riding.
Went out to Haw Ridge yesterday and climbed up Low Gap. Turned left and climbed up to the top of the Ridge Trail, lowered my seat and bombed all the way to the parking lot via Soccer like it was a race run. It hurt.