Time to get back in the saddle! After a somewhat serious shoulder injury back at the beginning of April, I was finally able to start racing again. What better way to get back in the swing of things than to race in my backyard on the trails that I ride all the time?
The Peavine Challenge was the first bike race I ever competed in about 3 years ago, back when I still had to walk my bike up sections of the trail. This time around there would be no walking. The race was scheduled to start at 12:00 noon, something only the devil himself would do to anybody racing in the shade-less Peavine mountainside. Needless to say, it was hot!
For a cross-country race, the course was a fun one, with a fair amount of climbing (3200ft-24 miles) and a couple of really fun descents. For the people that know Peavine, we went up the Connector Trail, up Poedunks, South on the Halo Trail, up Crispy Bacon/Bacon Strip, and down Scrub Brush/Bobsled/Classic Keystone. Fun stuff!
At the start line I was grouped with Trevor DeRuise and all of his Audi Juniors, but when the official blew the whistle, it was Trevor in first, then a guy I just met named Tom Foxx in second, and myself in third. Trevor immediately began to open up a gap, and not wanting to put the pedal to the metal just yet I sat back with Tom to fully get my legs underneath me. At the first mini-peak of the Poedunk Climb I went around Tom, opened up a small gap and started to really grind it out. My game plan was to just punch out the climbing as quickly as possible, hoping to keep Trevor’s gap to a minimum and then make up as much time as I could on the descending. By the time I got to the top of Bacon Strip, Trevor had a little over 4 minutes on me, the dude is STRONG.
Due to a bit of over-compensation, my tire pressure was a tad on the high side leading to some loose and sketchy descending which unfortunately also meant slower times. Not able to bridge the gap I just pushed through to the finish looking forward to some shelter from the sun.
I ended up in 2nd place over all behind Trevor, and ahead of Tom. Congratulations to Trevor for an extremely impressive exhibition of strength, and to Tom for the great race that he gave me. Brutal conditions and a great day of racing!