The new and improved BSC are tearing it up in April. Two days and two podium finishes, I grabed a cat 3 podium spot at the Lawrence River Trails Mountain Bike Challenge Saturday, and newly acquired member Craig Piburn kicked asses and took names sunday at the God’s Country Duathalon against the 2’s 2nd place. Both of us brought home some new shiney medals too, always nice!!
I for one keep screwing up races at the LRT and somehow come out smelling like a rose, that is if roses smell like blood and sweat. Last year I nearly missed the race, getting signed in and all with minutes before my start time, plus it was my first mtb race ever. Despite my misadventure / painful encounter with a flying mtb bike I managed to finish 5th, not bad for my first mtb race. This year I had plenty of time, but thought I could make it to the car in back before my race started to change out gloves and grab another water bottle. I was able to get to the bike as the race began but i still had my keys and bottle in my hands, franticlly trying to get them into my jersey pockets. It got to a point where I had to stop because I just couldn’t get them stowed away. Duhh!! I’ll be damned if I’m going to get beat by the guys in the baggy shorts and flat pedals who just got by me while I was stopped.
This cost me a ton of time, putting me towards the back of the field. Catching the field wasn’t as easy as it should have been. There were multiple groups on the course at the same time; men, women, marathoners… I had to assume everone was in my filed and pick them off one at a time regardless of their race. This is when I think mtb racers should wear numbers on their jerseys, not just on the front of the bike, you can’t tell who is who, except for the women and juniors.
Oh, did I mention that i was doing this on a cx bike? There were many there last year, but I was the only one saturday on a cx bike.
The river trails are perfect for cx bikes, almost no rocks, just a few roots and stumps to navigate around. There is plenty of allowing you to get some speed and fly by everyone on their heavy and undergeared mtb bikes. Oh sure there are a few hinderances with a cx bike, but nowhere near enough to make one consideer this a bad idea. Plus, I don’t even own a mtb bike, so I didn’t have a difficult choice. Many looked at me with some degree of couriousity when we were lined up, but when I’m battleing for a podium spot with a few hundered meters to go and I’ve got a lighter bike that will out run your heavy ass mtb every day of the week and twice on sunday.
Craig chose wisely too, he rocked his cx bike on the God’s Country Duathalon, the next day and the same venue too.
P.S. To top the day off I won two grude matches at the KC Sprints at Buzzard Beach!