Race Report by Travis Säler (Stork)- Saturday found these two monkeys marking off our transition area for the 6 hours of bradys run which isn't to far off of the Ohio Line just inside PA.
This was to be Julies first mtb race this year and her second ever. With a new Trek Cali SLX Carbon wrapped with some new XR2 tires she was prepared and a little nervous...okay a lot nervous.
The co-ed duo field was filled with some pretty good teams but we had entered this race to get Julie some trail time and experience with passing & being passed on the trails. Never the less I still put in some efforts and rode steady & smooth which always pays off in an event like this. Going out of the gate in a blaze of glory never helps (most of the time those riders are hung over the bars just out of sight from the effort). I prefer to wind up to speed and carry it steady for a while.
I even did a lap on my single speed once it rained. The mud was thick and given the never ending ups and downs of the course the 37T x 21 was a little tough at moments.
Julie stayed dry for her first 2 laps but no one was able to avoid the mud that came as a result of the rain. She made some wise choices and rode within her limits. Even finishing a 4th lap with a broken master link on her chain. I was so proud of how she handled the situation by not shifting and running some of the steeper climbs. I still cant believe the chain didn't come completely apart.
Well we hung on for a 4th place finish out of a dozen or so teams so heres to a few "happy Angry Monkeys.
-Race Report by Travis Säler (Stork)