Greensboro Short Track Winter Series

I thought it would be a good idea to get a few mountain bike rides under my belt before my racing season began. The Greensboro Short Track Winter Series is a four successive week series and my plan was to race the first two, then race the six-hour Santos endurance race in Ocala, FL and make a quick trip to visit my parents in New Mexico before starting the Southeast Regional Cup (SERC) series and the Southern Classic series.

Race 1 (February 2)

Second place in the single speed class. Mechanical problems in the sport race so no podium there. Fun times!short track podium 2  Simon Cloutier beat me out for the win after crashing earlier. Simon is fast! And young!

Race 2 (February 9)

Tough race in Cat 2 40+ with two flats and then a crash with a broken spoke and another flat! Finished DFL! Longest 45 minute race of my life!

short track podium

Fifteen minutes later I started the combined Expert and Single Speed race for 60 minutes. Front wheel wobbled but I’d had time to remove the broken spoke and install a new tube in the front tire. I ended up in first place and won with a 3 minute margin over 2nd (not in the photo). Julie Paisant put in a strong performance for 3rd place.

This race reminded me of the old ABC Wide World of Sports slogan: The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat! Thanks Michelle Conn for snapping a great photo!

Championship

Although I only raced two of the four races, my results in the Open Single Speed class were strong enough to get me a 2nd place finish for the Championship! How cool is that?!