Sunday, May 18, 2008

Stump Jump 08

A step in the right direction. Go from riding 2-3 days a week to crushing the oneself on the race course come Sunday. A pattern I've adopted over the beginning of this season. Maybe it's working for me. Tempting faith this weekend at the Stump Jump XC race.

Forked out $40 bones for the SS race with a total expectation of a high podium place. Game plan - Go hard from the gun and for the entire 2 laps. Funny thing with the SS class is the mixed bag of tricksters you may encounter. From semi-retired Pros to experts who don't care to purchase a USAC license to entry level riders getting there feet wet in XC racing.
Looking around I spot a some riders from the winter stxc series, Erik N. and the recently questionable DQed winner of the Cohutta 100mi SS Will Black. So the kitchen was warming to be set a blaze.

The flame was ignited from the start Will & Erik put a gap on me before the 1st power line decent. I was in third and chasing hard. Sitting on the nose of the saddle spinning the fastest rpms I could manage. By the 1st section of single track they were out of sight. Knowing I needed to stay focused on the trail I tried to keep the lines as smooth as possible. First ride back on a rigid fork. Paying close attention to the many roots littering the trail.

I made no ground on them. A solo ride for the most part. Passing only a handful of sport riders. A podium spot was mine. I just needed to finish up strong. Hammered out a sub 40 minute first lap and matched it on the final lap. I just never looked back.

Finishing up in 3rd place for SC State Championships - 1:20~16+ miles of very nice technical single track. More bike time is needed, especially in the woods.

6 comments:

Jason said...

All hail Toby, single speed crank crusher. You are quick and skilled, sir.

xcmtnbikeracer said...

Good job man, at least one of us made a podium visit the weekend.

xcmtnbikeracer said...

This fire is still spreading. Jim now has a blog.
http://jimsbikingblog.blogspot.com/

xcmtnbikeracer said...

Are you in there?

The Ghost of Jerry Reed said...

Damn, what the fuck was Will Black doing there? I read somewhere that he beat the snot out of L'Armstrong in a cyclocross race a few years back... Much respect on the finish. How did the gearing work? Too much? Too little?

Palmetto Solo said...

Will black is super fast. I kept him insight for about 5 minutes and that is it. Will lives in Asheville now so don't be surprised when you see him toeing the line in the SE. Gearing was good 34*19, but it was no match for the top two fellas.