Angry Monkeys Racing Team Members at GSC#2
Well that was fun. The trails were extremely wet and muddy, but it ended up being a fun morning in the rain at Fort Yargo this past Sunday. We had a number of Angry Monkeys Racing. We also had a few podium. It was nice to have members hang out for a few minutes before and after the races. Final Results as published on the GoneRiding.com website.
Podium Finishers: Mark Gilliam 2nd place in XC-GM1, Murphy Davis 3rd place in XC-SS, Arturo Quintanilla 2nd place in XC-3 (19-29).
Other AMR Finishers include: Brandon Andrews 7th Place in XC-3 (30-39), Michael Colman 12th place in XC-3 (30-39), and Bill Bailey 16th of 28th in XC-3 (40-49).
Race Report from GSC #2 at Fort Yargo by AMR Bill Bailey: I really had no idea what to expect, having never done a real mountain bike race, and having never ridden the trails at Ft Yargo in Winder, GA. I didn't expect to do very well, my legs weren't "sore" from all the riding I had done in the past two days, but they felt tired. Without being able to ride the course it was hard to warm up. The rain wasn't helping reassure me either. There were a bunch of people in my group XC3 (40-49yr). I decided I was here to learn, not race, this time. I was relaxed, but ready to get going at the start. I got a decent mid pack start, and kept my position heading into the woods, until I blew a turn, and went down. Oh well, I'm learning. I was back on the bike quick, and chased down a few spots. I still wasn't warmed up either. I didn't feel very fluid, especially on the climbs, trying to time my gear changes, and carrying my momentum into them.
In what I would say was the second half of the course I finally felt like I was ready to race, but I also realized my tire pressure was too high. I caught back to the guys I started with after slipping my front tire in another muddy corner, and we had our race within a race. We were probably the most polite group out there, "Let me know when you want to pass" "Whenever is good for you" we traded places back and forth like this for a while, as I moved to the front I joked that he would pass me again when I crash in a few minutes. I didn't crash.
I had no idea how far from the finish we were, but when I got a chance on a long straight section, I pulled away leaving a big gap behind me. As I pushed hard up the climbs I wondered if I had moved too soon, because there wasn't anyone chasing behind me. I knew I couldn't slow down, so I kept pushing even when it was clear I had a big gap. I think I finished about 45 sec to a minute before the little group of 4 or 5 I was in came across the line. Overall I finished 16th out of 32 or so racers in my category. I'm happy with that.
I feel like I put out a good mostly even effort, given my tired legs, and my lack of experience in muddy corners on a mountain bike. It was great to be able to meet some of my team mates, see a few on the podium, and see a couple of people I know from cyclocross. by AMR Bill Bailey
This past weekend a few AMR Members will be participated in the 2013 Blankets Creek Dirty Duathlon and Dwelling Dash 5 Mile Trail Run, scheduled for April 20th, 2013. Lane Scheiblauer (AMR) raced the 6 mile run and 12 mile bike SOLO and was 4th in his division. Brandon Andrews (AMR) along with Whitney Swanson ended up 4th in the CoEd Division.
Derek Boyd and Brandon Andrews also competed in the afternoon Time Trial at Allatoona Creek. Brandon got 2nd in Age group and 10th overall. Derek took 14th overall. It was a fun "relaxed" Time Trial. Hopefully they will have more of these throughout the summer at AC.
This weekend a few AMR Members will be participating in the 2013 Blankets Creek Dirty Duathlon and Dwelling Dash 5 Mile Trail Run, scheduled for April 20th, 2013.
Next weekend: Saturday- Athens Twilight Off-Road Warrior Time Trials is April 27th at East Athens Community Park, less than 2 miles from the Athens Twilight downtown race course. The time trial will start at 9am. Racers will be assigned start times. Top 50 times across all categories will qualify into the nighttime Off-Road Warrior Criterium.
The Off-Road Warrior Criterium will held on the tradition 4-corner Twilight course and will be 30 minutes long. Payout will be $500/10 deep. There are no gear restrictions. No drop bars will be allowed. Tire width has to be at least 1.5 in, and slick tires are allowed.
Sunday-The 14th annual US Cup East/SERC/GSC mountain bike series returns to Winder, GA again this year the day after Twilight on Sunday, April 28, 2013. While in town for the Terrapin Twilight weekend of bicycle events, come out and experience a full day of traditional cross country mountain bike racing with some of the best riders in the East. Classes are open for all ages (3 years to 60+) and all skill levels. Visit Gone Riding for more info!
May 4th is the Dirty Spokes 9 ⁄ 6 Hour Mountain Bike Race. Some of our AMR Racers will be there.
May 5th is the US Cup East SERC #4 Race in Ducktown TN.