Sunday, July 20, 2008

Windham NY, Mountain Bike Race

Mike Joos
Nora national series
Windham NY
July 12th 2008
Pro xc

The course @ windham mountain was a lot better than the course it replaced in the norba national series (sugar mountain). It is a ski mountain so I assumed that it would be a lot of seeps ups and downs. There were some steep down hill parts but the climbs were not as steep as I anticipated.

I appreciated the more gradual climbs (compared to mount snow) it was easier to pace my self and keep a fluent rhythm.  It was also nice to see some of the riders I had been racing against in the regional Root 66 races. made me feel a bit more comfortable.

I felt good during the race. I was near last from the start but I was still in the mix. I was slowly catching riders. In the 2nd lap I climbed my way up to Greg Carpender (root 66 rider). While following him down the decant I got a flat tire. I fixed it and continued. By the time I fixed the flat I was in second to last and was more concerned about finishing the race with out getting lapped than getting a good result. As long as I didn’t have any more problems I was pretty much home free but I did have a problem, another flat on the third lap decent.

Walking my way down the mountain I was able to see the race unfold. Tulouse (spelling?) and Craig were battling it out for the win.

Tulouse won

I hung out with fellow bikeman riders John burns and Sean Daley and got some photos from their races.
Anna was there
me racing
Went to a very nice art gallery and snagged free snacks and some champagne
Got caught in a rain storm while riding with Anna, we built this shelter.
Watching the tour.
Playing mini-golf (came in 2nd)
Place we stayed, stayed with Anna & John
Shepard w/ beer bottles, lush.

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