2008 Provincial Championships

Last weekend was my last MTB race of the year, the last MTB race I’ve organized with Evan as well for 2008. After spending most of Saturday marking and preparing the course, I wasn’t sure how my legs would respond but I was coming off an exceptional race in Hinton on the previous Sunday, so I had reason to hope for a strong performance.

I intended to race Master Ex but Roddi didn’t let me – much like he didn’t let many of the Master Ex’s so we all raced Elite…here we go!

The start was great, as I was on Heemer’s wheel thru the first section of the course. Right up to the top of Mt. Rooty. The only reason I dropped off his wheel was because of a super huge “ghost shift”. For one reason or another, I slipped my chain, which made me slip out of my pedal, bashing my calf on my chainring. I have a nice temporary chainring tattoo now as a souvenir.

After a late opening lap crash, I managed to gather myself and paced to 7th place overall. Devin made a last lap charge at me, passing me on the fire road climb leading into Fireman’s Trail but I managed to pull him back thru Fireman’s and re claimed my 7th spot on the flat just before the 2nd road crossing.

I”m very happy to finish with my best Elite provincial championship place to date.  Definitely a positive sign as I start to prepare for cyclocross.

The Power of the ‘Stache

This post is way over due. My tardiness can be excused for many various reasons – BikeAlberta, Race Organizer for 4 MTB races, 2 dogs, etc…etc.

Well it’s been a busy summer but instead of filling you in on what I did I’ll just start from now – and last weekend was the Moustache Madness XC race in HInton, AB.

What a great venue! As a race organizer, all I can see is potential at the Hinton Nordic Centre. It is a great place for a MTB festival that’s foresure. We’ll be doing some serious brainstorming for next year that’s guaranteed.

So about the race, due to a small field there was a mass start straight up one of many long climbs on the 9.5 km course. Originally, the loop was to be only 5.5 k’s but upon convincing from Evan and I, Mr. Wallace agreed to extend the lap to include a 6.5 min downhill followed by a long grinding quad track climb. I had great legs on Sunday. I felt like I could keep going and going and that I could keep shifting down a gear on all the climbs. Even though I’ve been racing the Expert category (for the same reasons as why I haven’t updated my website for so long) I managed to work my way to a virtual 3rd in Elite – 1st place in Expert. It was a great feeling to win again. More important was the way I felt during the race as this type of effort is why I love racing so much.

So next weekend is provincials and the Master Expert category is going to be hotly contested. Hopefully my performance wasn’t just because of the power of the ‘stache but rather the fact that my fitness is returning.