Sunday, July 20, 2008

Mount Snow Nationals, 2008

Mount snow nationals
West dover VT
July 19th 2008
Pro xc and st

For this race I was staying with fellow Bikeman riders John Burns, Sean Daley and Andrew Freye. The accommodations were very nice (thank you Andrew for setting it up). killed time with movies , chess, trivia pursuit, working on bikes, making and eating food
the awesome place

I was shocked to see the course had been changed this year. It has been a while since they changed it. It was less technical and there was a lot of newly cut sections with fresh roots .Still a lot of steep climbing and descending.

The roots weren’t a problem as long as it stayed dry. It did rain the night before so there were a few hairy root sections that were not nearly as difficult during my pre ride when everything was bone dry.

Despite my complaining about slippery roots it was still all and all easier than last year as far as the course goes. The pace of the race was just as unforgiving as it always is in these national races. My tactic during these races is to ride at my own pace and picking off riders that started too strong and exploded or those unfortunate souls that have mechanicals.

I think there were about 60 starters of that about 50 finished. I came in 42nd. Not very good but I honestly I don’t think I could do much better, so I was happy. It was nice to fished the race after last weekends double flat and DNF.

I found out I was sighed up for short track too. I didn’t try to sign up for it but I must have sighed up for a package deal or something by accident. I am not sure if I was charged or not (probably was) so I felt obligated to race. I did pretty crappy. 2nd to last.

Andrew with geeky helmet cam
more pics to come!!

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
Watching the tour.
Playing mini-golf (came in 2nd)
Place we stayed, stayed with Anna & John
Shepard w/ beer bottles, lush.