Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Getting Groovy At The Knob
photo by: Robert Sroka
Not much road racing going on in the month of may. I had saturday off, so I wanted to do some kind of ride. After my bonk at the TOKV, and not wanting to get up at 3am to drive 4 hours back to michigan for the tour de frankenmuth; I figured I would try my luck at mountain bike racing.
I started mountain biking last year when I bought a cannondale f5 from BA. Went out maybe 15-20 times last year. I liked it, to switch things up every once in awhile from the road. This year I went to MSP once, and VK the day before.
MTB racing is tough! It was like a 1.5 hour long cross race. I was feeling real strong through the prologue, and half way thorough the first lap. Then after the rocky switchbacks a little after the creek crossing, I thought I was going to die of heat exhaustion. It seemed like a million people passed me. I was going to just roll in and DNF after the first lap. But, everyone was cheering, cowbells were ringing, and I decided to atleast finish, even if it was DFL.
I ended up 4th in my class- Sport U40. Way higher up than I thought. I would do it again. It was nice to get away from the road bike. Maybe I'll do a few more this summer. The post-race was awesome as well, with pasta, beer, monster energy drink, a bonfire, and a dj. Congrats to greg for taking 1st in his 2nd mtb race, with an 85% reduction in crashing this time.
Westlake tonight depends on if it rains or not. I also would need to be back in time from my hitch install, and I will soon have a rack to throw on the hitch. Either a Thule T2 or Saris CycleonPro depending on clearence issues.