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Soldier Hollow ICUP #5

18 May

Seriously, Tasha needs to find a new mechanic. Jamie? I guess that’s what she gets for racing a bike I just built up the day before.

She found herself out front again, feeling good on the new Vassago Bandersnatch when the chain jams after a rapid shift. Dead stop. Not one but 2 racers, one out of the race with a broken chain and the other just wanting to help, stopped to see what they could do. They ended up having to take the wheel off and finally got her rolling again after a few minutes. I think that may be against the rules. Good thing Ed wasn’t around to DQ her.

It happened twice and I take full responsibility AGAIN. Turns out the Bandersnatch has longer chainstays than her old 26er and when I built it up I measured the chain off the old bike to get a length for the new build. Chan was way too short.

Live and learn and maybe fire your mechanic. She ended up 5th. Sorry!

The only excuse I have for my race is that I completely missed my mouth with the GU and ended up smearing some of it all over my face before stopping to root around in the dirt for any precious globs that dripped off my chin. I still had another lap to go, you would have done the same thing.

I’m going with calling Soldier Hollow my taper race for ICUP #6 in Draper next week. Yep, that’s what it was as I came in 5th. Bob won in convincing fashion but what he doesn’t know yet is that Soldier Hollow was his peak for the year.

Soldier Hollow was my first race and only my second ride on the Jabberwocky, isn’t it lovely. My initial impression of the bike is that after only 3 hours of ride time it feels like i’ve been riding it for years. Love it! It has some cool features that I’ll go into in another post that I think are pure genius.

On another note, Kenny didn’t die of a nose bleed like I thought he would and was the first person to finish the Kokopelli Trail Race on Saturday. Congrats! Sorry, I missed it but I’ll be there next year for sure.

Platinum Sponsor

15 May

Being a Platinum Sponsor of the WeeklyRaceSeries has many benefits. For example, I drop off my raffle contributions and proclaim, “there’s my entry fee!”

I get ushered to the front of the line and am given a complimentary sports massage to get me ready for the race. I’m treated like royalty.

As if that wasn’t cool enough they then hand me a punch card good for 10 race entries. “Hey, Honey, I think I’ll cover your entry tonight as well, put that cash away it’s on me.”

Some things I like about the mid-week race series:

  • Chill attitude from all yet way fierce competition.
  • No age groups, just beginner, sport, expert and pro categories.
  • Cheap. Free for me and only 10-12 bucks for everyone else.
  • 2 of the best venues in the state, Soldier Hollow and Sundance. Tons of singletrack.
  • Best raffle prizes around with lots of swag from the sponsors.
  • Great mid-week intense workout. No need for complex training plans to stay in shape.

If you missed it make sure and come next week. Bring your water bottles empty and fill them with CarboRocket for free. I’ll have a cooler full of the stuff at every race and maybe some post race recovery drink as well.

Kenny went out so hard he started bleeding from his eyeballs. Check out his #plate.