Mountain Bike Reviews Forum banner
1 - 10 of 10 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
602 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Completed my first race, the Month of Mud, last Sunday. Raced in the junior class and got 4th out of 16...I was pretty happy :)

I have a full race report but rather than bore you with more of the same, I'll just post the pics instead.

T-Minus 1 Hour till start time; very nervous!


The expert class started first:


And we're off! I'm the one in the middle, wearing blue.


Finishing the last lap's climb. I was expecting something to go wrong and it did. My rear derailleur cable sheared clean through right before this climb, leaving me with a fixed gear bike. Lovely!


Crossing the finish line 1 hour 9 minutes, and 13 seconds after I finished:


Overall, it was an awesome first experience. Thanks passion forum!
 

·
yeah, uh............bikes
Joined
·
2,710 Posts
Great pictures, I wish I had a photographer at my race last weekend. Good job on the fourth place too, that's awesome for your first time. In the two races that I've done so far something always goes wrong, first race it was the weather and brakes, and second race I broke my chain about 100 yards from the start line. Oh well, it's always fun to ride as hard as possible in races, I can't push myself that hard on normal rides.
 

·
Currently in Exile
Joined
·
2,305 Posts
Go ahead

Bore us with the written report :p Great job on your 1st race!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
602 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Fine fine, here you go:

Here's the full race report:

To recap: Got up about 6:45; race began at 10AM. After breakfast, we
left, arriving at the park around 8:40. After registration (I was
number 426), I prerode the course slowly, trying to warm up. The
weather was a bit cold, around 52 degrees, and it took a while to
start moving. After preriding I rolled around a bit more with Jacob
(the 8th grader) to keep warm. 10 o'clock came, and it was time to
start. The start was staggered, with the 33 experts starting in the
first group. After 10 minutes, the rest of us (all 101 Sport, Junior,
Beginner, and Women riders) started. The experts would ride 3 laps (5
miles per lap), while the rest of us rode 2 laps, for a total of
around 10.5 miles. I raced in the Junior class as I was under 16. The
start held in store for us two crashes, which I avoided. We started up
a gravel road and a "prelude" course to sort out the racers abilities
before entering the tight singletrack. I managed to pass around 30-40
riders in this prelude, going all out. We hit the singletrack, and the
fun began. Everything was pretty stacked until the guy ahead of me
endoed into a tree headfirst; after making sure he was ok, I surged
ahead, passing people. I found myself at the tail end of the fast
group (the natural divisions of riders that are fast vs. slow) and
soon, it felt like any other ride. I was flying through the
singletrack, and didn't approach anyone or get passed for about 15
minutes. On the last climb of the first lap, my family was waiting at
the top, which gave me an extra boost--onto the 2nd lap. I had to
force myself to keep drinking, so I doddled along trying to slow down
my heart rate.

The 2nd lap went well, although at that point I was getting lapped by
some of the experts that had started 10 minutes before me. I wasn't
worried though because they told us at the beginning this would
happen. I approached a college-aged girl in the singletrack and got
stuck behind her on a climb. Long story made short was that she
stalled out on the climb, thus making me too. I fell down a "hill"
about 10 feet and took inventory. Got riding again and discovered I
had no rear gears--the rear derailleur cable was shearing and would no
longer shift. The rest of the race was a struggle with a skewed gear ratio, but I made it!

Results:
I made 4th place in my class (Junior) out of 15. I finished in 1 hour,
9 minutes, and 1 second. If this was a single race, I would have made the podium, so I
was pretty excited about that!! Looking through the results list, I
was really surprised that I had beaten some of the "Masters" and
"Sport" class riders!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
141 Posts
Great job

drumbum said:
Completed my first race, the Month of Mud, last Sunday. Raced in the junior class and got 4th out of 16...I was pretty happy :)

I have a full race report but rather than bore you with more of the same, I'll just post the pics instead.

...

Overall, it was an awesome first experience. Thanks passion forum!
Great job and congratulations! Don't shy away from writing up a race report if you want. Let us decide if we are bored :) Hopefully, you'll enjoy many more races and continue to share them with us.

You posted your writeup just before my post. So, I just read it and now I'm ready for a nap. Just kidding... Feel the passion, express the passion, passion is never boring. Good writeup.

Jim
 
1 - 10 of 10 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top