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What a great weekend for the first race of the Winter Short Track Series. The weather for the event was awesome. The morning was a bit cool as we started out the day in the low 30's but the sun came up and warmed the ever exciting short track course at Renaissance Park. Due to the overnight freeze, the course was little slick for the first couple of races but as the day went on, the course became much more tacky and race participants were able to rail through the fast berms on the course.

We saw lots of new faces in many of the categories, especially the Beginner Women where we had 13 smiling ladies line up for the race. It was really great seeing all of the ladies out at the event. The Beginner Men's categories lined up first and totaled 29 participants, many of whom were also newbies to the Winter Short Track Series.

The big surprise of the day was the Single Speed category. We had 22 people line up for the Single Speed race. Quite the contrast from our Summer Series races. We had every type of Single Speed you could imagine out on the race course: 26ers, 29ers, 69ers, and I believe a saw crazed fixed gear participant. The ironic thing about the Single Speed race was the high amount of casualties due to mechanical problems. I thought one of the big reasons people rode single speeds was the simplicity of the machine and the lack of mechanical issues. That wasn't the case on Sunday afternoon as the Renni Short Track Course took out several of the Single Speeders.

The race of the day has to go to 13 year old Chase Dickens out of Mt Airy, NC. Chase, who can't weigh much over 100 lbs soaking weight, put in a incredible race performance against the Sport Men 19-39. At the end the fist lap, Ryan Kelly came around the finish line in the lead setting a blistering pace with three guys on his wheel, the third being Chase. The funny thing was all three guys in front of Chase were twice his size but what did Chase do, he passed them on the downhill sidewalk. A couple of the guys looked a little gased as they soft pedaled down the sidewalk. Chase rolled up behind each guy, tucked in an aero position, and picked them off one by one. It was quite amazing to see this little hitter roll in and out of the guys and take the lead on the second lap. He never looked backed as he put in fast lap after fast lap on the short track course. Joshua Draper, who ended up second to Chase, just shook his head in amazement as he rolled through the finish line each lap. Remember that name he could be a future star in the sport!

Crongrats to the all race participants who came out and ripped up the course at Renaissance Park. We had race participants form all over the region, Asheville, Durham, Mt Airy, Winston-Salem, Southern Pines, Columbia and Greenville, SC, and Lynchburg, VA. The series is really starting to grow. Results and pictures for the the first race have been posted on the event website at http://www.charlottemtnbike.com

Hope to see you all this upcoming weekend where we have events on Saturday and Sunday.

Cheers
Neal
 
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