Photo: Lasala Images
The Blitz is a race I never thought I would love. But things have changed and I LOVE IT. The most fun mountain bike race I have ever done, it is soley about bringing together good energy, fast riders and a community that loves bike racing and beer drinking.
The Blitz course starts 18 miles out of town, and ends at 10 Barrel Brewery - with a beer chug, of course. The first 50-60 mins of the race is the sweet single track, including a few technical features and some short, punchy climbs. The last 10 minutes is asphalt, heading back into town. And then the beer chug.
The race got off to a rough start when Sue and I tangled handlebars off the start line and had to work our butts off to make up lost time and get around slower rider on Funner. Sue, Alice and I were together crossing Century and heading down Storm King. We were catching other riders and I had to be strategic about making passes so I wouldn't loose Alice's wheel - I was following too close, made a couple mistakes and a small gap opened up.
|Photo: Lasala Images|
Turning onto Skyliner, I caught Sue. I charged ahead of her, but the headwind was strong and she jumped on my wheel. I was going as hard as I could, trying to drop her, but sitting in my draft, she held on tight. I knew I was using a lot more energy than she was, but I didn't want to slow up. I knew the other girls were close behind and wasn't willing to risk getting caught by playing a game of tactics. Up the final rise, I stood up. This was my last chance to get away. Sue stuck like glue; I couldn't shake her.
Coming out of the final round-about, Sue came around me, charging to the finish. She grabbed her glass, I grabbed mine. We started chugging. Sue came out on top - and as we both tried not to puke, I asked - "Where did we finish?". 2nd and 3rd. Holy cow. High-fives and hugs, covered in dust and beer.
Last year I finished 4th, this year, 3rd. Incremental improvements and hard work. Things are coming together.
|Post race smiles - honored to be a part of this community!|