Congrats to Jessi Kruse on her 2nd place finish at the 2011 MTB Nationals. Here is Jessi's race report...
Race day: I got up, had breakfast and then tried not to have a nervous breakdown, I felt better once I got on the bike and started spinning around... Chatted with some Cali girls and tried to take my mind off the race. Before I knew it, it was race time, I turned back to the staging area (I was on a rail trail) it was all going good, I did some efforts and felt blah, but I hoped that I had worked the blahs and was ready for some action. About 5 minutes from the staging area my chain had a temper tantrum and I ended up with a chain stuck between the cassette and rear wheel I went into total panic mode...
Congratulations to 3 Bulldogs who upgraded for the 2011 season - way to go guys, and good luck this season!
Jim Gardner to Cat 1 Mountain Bike
Ryan Heerschap to Pro Mountain Bike and Cat 1 Cyclocross
Jessi Kruse to Cat 2 Mountain Bike
Coyote Hill was one of the best experiences of my life by far. Before Coyote Hill I had never been to an overnight camp for anything so I was a little nervous about going. I looked at the website and got the details for it and decided I wanted to go. I had all different kinds of pictures in my head of what it was going to be like. As we drove up Coyote Hill I was looking for a nice building for the campers and a nice pool and trail markers everywhere, man was I wrong. I saw a little sign that said Coyote Hill on it next to a house that looked like it could fit three people. I said to myself that there is no way this could be it.
Over the long Presidents' Day Weekend, two of Team Bulldogs Pro Mountain Bike Racers headed down to Blacksburg, Virginia for a mini training camp. Ryan Heerschap and Brian Lariviere were greeted with excellent weather and bike friendly roads which made for a great three days of training. Thanks to some very detailed routes laid out by the Virginia Tech Cycling Team, they had a veritable smorgasbord of route options.