UPDATE: Jeremiah Bishop | Hoo Ha
26-years is a long time for a mountain bike race to last so it’s GOT to be good! They had an enduro Saturday and the marathon kids and XC races Sunday drew tons of riders from 8 states.
I really needed a few days recovery from a killer 4th race win at Transylvania Epic. The young guns where on the attack but I came back like a junk yard dog! ;) Mid wee I had some post race media interviews (stay tuned on mountain bike radio) I was stoked to get back on the bike and racing by the weekend.
At Massanutten the trails are like KFC; finger lickin good. Thousands of hours of work by the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition and the combination of private (Massanutten resort property) gives the club Carte blanch to make rad berms jumps and features not found elsewhere.
This years race had me having flash backs of the close battle I had at the US Tripple Crown sponsored by Sho-Air. Sid Taberly and I had a hair raising sprint finish but this time is was Nick Wait revelation of the Transylvania Epic who was on the attack.
Nick weights a 119 lbs and this years course had stupid amounts of climbing so I was working at the max! http://www.strava.com/activities/151208552
I expected nothing else from Nick but pressure after his strong race last week but had a couple tricks up my sleeve. Nick punched it up all the climbs shutting me out of the technical descents so I couldn’t open up a gap. I saved my gas for 1 move. Last climb I went full stick!
When ever he tried to pass in the rough I would surge shutting him out. Then I assassinated the final downhill with pinpoint tail slide turns the Kenda Karma’s hooked up and the Scalpel was sharp. In the final turns I hit the perfect gear. POW! ~ 8 second not a huge margin but I will take the win!!
So much fun with all the friends and fans yelling at us. There was even a guy with a mega phone heckling on the rock garden!
Afterward we all hung out drank cheap beer and talked stories about the day.
As usual i rode there and back just like I do 3 days a week in training, to ride it so much its Got to be good.
Next is super training for Sho-Air US Cup Finals in Colorado Springs, Marathon Nationals in Idaho and XC Nationals in Pa! It is the peak of summer and it will be nice to catch up with the Team and hang out with Johnny Alex and Paul and the rest of the gang that make my job fun.
Time to get in the hurt locker!