Monday, September 21, 2009

The Trail Of Two Lakes (Mount Snow) Race

The Trail of Two Lakes, SERIES FINAL
Mount Snow, West Dover, VT
Sept 20, 2009

I thought I saw about 15 names on the registration but I must horrible at counting because I think only 7(?) of us were at the start line.  Officially the smallest turn out of the year (in the root 66 series pro /cat1).  There were some huge turn outs in the beginning of the season (30+ feilds and big names).  I was styked about the progress.  I thought mountain biking was making a comeback but progress really slowed down for these last few races.

It was three lap, 6 mile race; there were several new sections that I had never raced before at mount snow.  The conditions were perfect; It was just how I like it dry and cool (65 degrees).  Most of the races this year have been supper muddy.  I believe this is only the second race of the 13 races I did in the series that I didn’t get covered in mud (the other being fat tire classic and that one was wicked hot).

I had an ok race. I was very close to getting a 3rd place and getting my first podium of the year.  I had a 40 second gap on 4th place but just before the last lap decent I got a flat and was passed by 3 or 4 guys putting me in last or second to last.

This was the last race of the root 66 series so the overall results and winners were determined.  In my category(pro/cat1) here’s how it looked…

1 Seamus Powell
2 John Foley
3 Mike Mooradian
4 Mike Joos
5 Kevin Hines
6 Joshua Wilcox
7 Mike Rowell
8 Nathan Ringquist
9 Thom Parsons
10 Greg Carpenter

Congratulations Seamus!!! He got really fast this year.

It’s the end of the racing season for me but I still hope to do a lot more riding with friends and bike trips.  Next week I am going to WA DC to a wedding and bringing my bike along.  Hopefully their are some nice trails down there to rip.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Landmine Classic/GT Golden Bike 2009

Hingham, MA
Landmine Classic

It was about 75 degrees and sunny.  Trails were muddy and had some big puddles from the rain the previous day.

It was a GT golden bike race; there was the gold bike, a GT booth and a whole crew of cheerleaders who did a dance and cheer before the start of are race which felt a little bazaar to me.  Normally the only females you see at mountain bike races are the occasional girlfriend or wife of a male mountain bikers who might race themselves but they rarely wear skimpy outfits or dance around.

I think 18 started in my category (pro/cat1) which is a little lower than average for this year.  I was expecting more considering that the race was so close to Boston; a central location for many.

I went from leading the race, to 3rd, then fell to 6th and by about 3 miles in to the 26 mile race I was 7th. I think that is how I finished unless someone dropped out or got lost in front of me which is a good possibility considering all the rocky fast sections and all the turns and overlapping the course did.  More turns arrows and road crossings than any other race I've done.

The 49 year old x national champ Kevin Hines won.  My ex team mate and riding buddy Andrew Freye was in a close battle for 2nd with John Foley which he lost after a slip up on one of the wet bridges.  Team mate John Burns had a good race finished 5th I think.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Weekend At Kingdonm Trails

The parking lots were packed.  It was crowded with mtn bikers.

Rode with Brent, John, Andrew on Saturday for 6 hours

We met up with Brent (the one in orange) after he had just won and set a course record climbing the Burke mountain access road. congratulations!!!

Then on Sunday I rode with Matt, Ryan, Shelia and lee for 6 hours



Went in the river after both rides...

It was a fun weekend.  Hopefully I will be able to get up there once more before winter.