Looking for some mountain bike related things to do? Not sure where to head? Here's a few things that are on tap in the immediate future:
April 26: Greenbrier Challenge MTB Race. This one serves as the Maryland State championship and packs the riders in.
May 3rd: Ride Lugged season opener, 45 miles miles with lots of dirt roads, looks like a winner.
May 9: Watershed trail work day. 9am at the Sand Flats parking lot, Frederick, MD. Come help us continue our big build of a new section of the blue trail. It's already being ridden and everyone seems to love it, help us finish it up properly. No link yet, stay tuned.
May 8 - 10: Raystown trails grand opening. I got a sneak peak at these trails and they are great, go check them out.
The ladies both turned in consistent laps (extra props to Julie for doing the whole race with a raging migraine) and I was back out again trying to bury myself. After two more laps I popped a bunch of electrolyte pills which helped the legs, stuck with the beer per pit stop program and ate some food. Coming into the race I felt I wasn't in quite the same shape as this time last year and at this point I was wondering if putting in 10 laps like I did last year was in the cards. A third of the way through lap 5 my legs rebounded and felt good as I churned around the course, lap 6 they felt a bit more tired, but still better than after lap 4 and my times were still in the mid 30s.
In the meantime, our compound was a beehive of activity as we had several SSO teams and solo riders as well as a bunch of friends who were racing as well. 20 some racers I'd say plus people who came to hang out, party and offer a bit of support (it doesn't hurt to bring a keg of Clipper City Loose Cannon).
Photo by M. Dunn
As darkness fell, my teammates finished their 4th laps and decided it was time to join the party and drink beer. I strapped on my light and slummed out 2 more laps. Arriving back with 35 minutes or so until last call, I could have squeezed in one more lap but decided, like last year, 10 laps and 75 miles sounded like a real nice number to finish up with. The race was a good tune up for the 24 Hours of Big Bear where we'll be out with an all fixed gear team once again this year.
There were great performances put in by many teammates and friends. Becky took 3rd place in women's solo with 15 laps and Todd rode 16 laps to take 4th in men's single speed solo after rallying hard from a dehydration bonk. David and Jon put in 14 laps each in single speed solo which is no easy feat. All in all a great weekend with perfect weather a lot of good friends.