Rim Nordic XC Race 8/11/13
Dean Swank just turned 58 and is still sticking it to the youger riders in the Cat 1 50-59 division. This is Swank's 2nd win on the Rim Nordic XC series this season.
USA Cycling National XC Championships 7/20/13
The boys (Jon Miller and Tim Sparks) headed out to PA for the National XC Championships. Here's what Jon Miiler had to say about his experience.....
OK, so that was the gnarliest course I've ridden to date. So many rocks and roots and trees that there is just no way to relax. If you are not totally focused on scanning up the trail and being in the right line you are toast. Miss placed rocks the size of basketballs are all over the place, half buried you have to decide whether you're going over or around, and while you're focused on that one don't forget about the other fifteen or twenty after in the next fifty feet. Oh, and the roots in between were like little extra credit bonus points if you navigated those correctly. There actually was about one mile of trail in the 6.5 mile lap that you could relax on, but that was where you had to go all out and do your passing. Trying to pass in the woods was really difficult, especially if they weren't offering. Once you got off line it was just over.
So race day comes around and I start at 4:30 pm. I get a nice long warm up, go back to the van and down a bottle of Osmo. 20 minutes to start, so I roll over and stage. We go off right on time, and by the end of the second climb I'm in fourth, and anaerobic. The guy in front of me sounds like he is having a baby, so I settle down and try to get it together. The problem is that one and two are getting away, and we are in the woods now. The guy in labor is not letting me by, and I'm back in the hurt locker trying to get by this dude. After floundering for the next fifteen minutes, I finally manage to block pass this guy and set out after the others. Big problem, they have checked out. No one in site, except a scattered line of 55+ casualties. around fifteen minutes into the race I see that the second place guy has flatted and is making a quick repair. There is hope... Press on, did I tell you about the rocks and roots ? Wow !
Lap two. Still no site of the leader. Back into the forest, and the lightning starts. Really close ! Like around four or five times, it was like sticks of dynamite going off. Then it starts pouring rain, which actually felt really good. The next thing I know is, I'm going up the trail with out my bike. I must have glanced off a root, because the front wheel went to the right with no warning, and I stepped off. All right, pull it together I thought. Rain on an already crazy technical course is like running barefoot thru broken glass. BE CAREFUL !!! So the guy that flatted caught me, and I let him go by, thinking I would be better off following. It made no difference, he knew his way around and I was a mess. It was to be a third place. Not bad, I'm happy to be in one piece. That was quite an experience... The day after it rained, 25% DNFed. Thanx for reading... JM
Tim Sparks taking off in the Cat 1 Singlespeed race.
Rim Nordic XC Race 7/14/13
Platinum rider, Dean Swank took a first place at Rim Nordic on Sunday. Swank typically races Cat 1 55+. However, he raced down an age group, and raced with the Cat 1 50+. After going down twice within 2 minutes, he still ended up close to 3 minutes in front of second.
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