The Mountain Bike Race this past weekend was alluded to in my last post but I was able to steal photos from the internets today so figured I should post them to my website along with a thanks to Chris Slowinski for shooting them. The other guy only shot the fast guys in the afternoon race.
My overall result was 5th in the Novice category out of 27 starts and 25 finishers which I think is respectable considering I rode on a ‘cross bike. I was the only person to finish the race on a cross bike as Pepper Harlton had to DNF due to mechanical failure. Take that Provincial Champ! My speed was put to shame by plenty of people who rode way more laps. I did three laps with an average lap time of 27.2 minutes. The novice winner finished his three laps with an average lap time of 24.8. The Sport winner did his 4 laps on an average of 24.3 minutes. Expert winner on 5 laps managed 23.5 minutes per lap, Tim Heemskerk the provincial champ showed us all how it’s done finishing 6 laps on an average of 20.5 minutes. As the race was also Single Speed provincial Championships some guys tackled the rather challenging course on bikes with only one gear and the winner did 5 laps on a 23.2min/lap average. Not bad!
It was REALLY FUN and I think I’ll probably have to get a cross country racing bike for next summer. I’m looking at a 29er hardtail but don’t really know anything about components etc so haven’t really figured out much of anything at all, just that MTB is fun… but I pretty much already knew that anyways.