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Monday, September 21, 2009

The Trail of Two Lakes, SERIES FINAL, Mount Snow, W.Dover, VT

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… some big names… regional fast guys…cycling dirt was doing interviews and race coverage…I was styked about the progress…and I thought the root 66 series was becoming a big deal and mountain biking was making a comeback… but progress really slowed down for these last few races…attendance got pretty low…but still progress I suppose because it was on average still better than previous years (@ least in the pro/cat1 category)…

anyways…. back to the race…

I liked the course…it was three, 6 mile laps... each lap was about twice as long as the east cup race I had raced earlier in the year...there were several new sections that I had never raced before at mount snow…the fact that the conditions were like perfect was probably a large factor in why I i enjoyed racing this course so much …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….i was a bit of a bummed but I suppose not a big deal in the larger scheme of things.

Seamus Powell won the race

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 , Hingham, MA


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 cheer leaders 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 … then fell 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 ive done.

the 49 year old x national chanp 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?

The next race is the series finally and the last race I plan to do this year…it will be at mount snow again…it will be my 3rd time racing there this year… and with out Kabush and the 80% rule I will be able to do the whole race with out getting pulled …. Yay!!!

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

Brent...the one in orange... we met up with him after he had just won and set a course record climbing the Burke mountain access road...congratulations!!!
Andrew
Burns

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

Matt
Ryan
Sheila
Lee

went in the river after both rides...


it was a fun weekend... hopefully i will be able to get up there once more before things start getting too cold