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Could I keep consistent lap times? Could I make the podium? How did my skinsuit do under mountain bike conditions?
Let’s Cut to the Conclusion
Mission, possible. 2nd place, behind a super strong (pro) Debbie, and in front of a damn good field.
I’m not going to give you play by play but here are cliff notes.
Went into the woods on first lap 3/4 behind the field. I simply didn’t have the gearing to power through the start which sucks as I’m normally good at stopped starts.
Through the woods, on the brakes, riding someone’s tire, over the rock and on the gravel. Picking off girls, calling my passes and not knowing how this was happening. I was “picking girls off”???? For a few laps I tried to work with Patty Smith. She’s fast in the short track, I could help her on the gravel and road but in the end I was giving up too much time on the road not pushing hard enough. Around lap 4 I put a gap between us, holding it steady (losing 5 seconds or so on the last last lap.) I could see Debbie through the trees, but the guys winner ended up between us, ending my last lap a lap down from her. I wish I knew the time gap better before that extra lap she did.
Hard Work Means Harder Work Ahead
Yes, I am super proud of my accomplishments in a short amount of time. It is two days after the race and I still don’t believe I placed 2nd as my goals of this series was to not get lapped.
My goals are still lofty, but feel a little closer after this past weeks performance.
Photo Credit: Cheryl Anne & Paul
When I am riding locally in Charlotte NC I have roughly 4 trails I visit, either due to distance from my house, work or time restraints. One of my favorite trails,that is also one of the closer ones to my house, recently had a trail addition that opened earlier this fall.
Lake Norman State Park which is about 25 minutes north of center city Charlotte is a great trail for all levels. 20 or so miles can now be found wrapping around the lake. Well maintained with a decent amount of length it will give you a reason to make the drive. The words I would use to describe the whole circuit of trails is flowing, moderate, and scenic. The Tarheel Trailblazers have done a great job building and keeping up with the trails, the State Park Rangers keep an eye on the trail, encourage use but also make sure it isn’t abused when the weather is foul.
The recently finished addition, the Laurel loop added 8 miles to the other two loops that have been staples at Lake Norman. The loop is a bit more technical, adding fun switchbacks, little kicker climbs, man built log rollers and will give you a work out no matter your experience. Those in shape will hit the trail harder, those looking to step up their game the trail is completely rideable, you may need to walk a couple hills but there is not shame in it!
The trail reminds me of a tamed Warrior Creek in Wilkesboro. Not as much elevation change, not as many berms, but fun. 20 miles of mountain biking, with 10 more planned will make this a destination spot. I’m lucky to live relatively close to the trail (10 minute drive)!
This Sunday is the last day of racing for the 5 race short track series in Charlotte, NC. This series is a local favorite due to the weather proof trail and great spectator friendly course. The trail has everything from a good climb, berms, table top and “rock garden.”
If you are in the area come check it out! You can learn more at CharlotteMTNBike.com
2011 Winter Short Track Mountain Bike Series
Renaissance Park Short Track Charlotte, NC
Sunday - February 13 – FINAL RACE OF THE SEASON
The final race of the series is set for this Sunday. The weather looks to be awesome for our double points race. This will be a double points race for both the individual and team competition. Ties in the series points is determined by the highest placing at the last race.
The course continues to be in great shape. Last week, most all race participants were amazed how great the course was for race #4.
Race Day registration opens at 9:00AM
NO pre-reg needed and NO LATE FEES.
POST RACE AWARDS PARTY – 4PM
Post race awards party will be held at East Blvd Bar and Grill. Please park in the Queen City Bicycles parking lot at the corner of Scott Ave and East Blvd, between BRIX Pizza and the bike shop. Do not park in the grass parking area directly across from the restaurant…you will be towed. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery has provided has a great deal on beer for the race party. Come on out. We will be raffling off the Scott Scale kids bike, compliments of Live it Extreme Sports and the American Classic wheels, compliments of American Classic Racing Team.
Address and directions to East Blvd Bar and Grill…. http://ebbandg.com/