Just some thoughts and experiences from a mountain bike endurance racer who likes to ride and race his single speed mountain bike a long long way on remote single track in the mountains and desert.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

1st place Singlespeed open, McDowell Meltdown 2011

Just finished 1st last weekend in the McDowell Meltdown in the highest level Single Speed category.  http://www.mbaa.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=20&Itemid=35  This is the first race in the Arizona State Championship series so I’m currently ranked the fastest XC single speeder in the Arizona series.  The Pro geared racers started first, followed by the faster Cat 1 racer categories 2 minutes later, then my category which is the fastest Single Speed class 2 minutes later, followed by the rest of the Cat 1, and Cat 2 geared and single speeders.  I ended up passing a majority of the Cat 1 geared racers and some geared Pros!   I included some images with the new bike and the decals you sent.  Good thing it wasn’t a height contest (see pic).

Last year I finished 3rd in this same race and this year I won it by over 5 minutes on the new bike.  The Schwalbe Nobby Nic performed great on the front as did the Racing Ralph on the back!  First race on the new Trek Superfly SS, Sweeeeeet bike.  The race was on the well-known Competitive tracts at McDowell which is a high speed but technically challenging course with fast rocky sections and loose gravelly corners. 
Racing through the pits
Good thing it wasn't a height contest!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Ava's race training

This is my daughter Ave training for her first 24 hours race.