I was pretty pumped to be racing at Lewis Morris, and felt pretty good throughout the past week - I'm tapering my volume into the Stewart Six Pack next weekend, and my body seemed appreciative of the lighter training load.
As a concession to age or common sense, I decided to try racing with a suspension fork. Wow, what a game changer.
With a good night's sleep and a solid breakfast under my belt I headed over to the start of the Stoopid 50 in Boalsburg PA. As I was going over the bike and spinning around a bit the impending weather was starting to show it's self with sprinkling showers that had everyone's mind on the thunderstorms that were to hit mid day. The start rolled out at a decent but controlled pace and we headed up the 3.5 mile road climb to hit the amazing Tussey's ridge.
Day 2 at Marty Cross started with some aches and pains for those that raced the previous day but a renewed spirit as the rumor was the course would be run in the reverse direction. This would allow the prior day’s runup to be a slick ride-down and make the course just a tiny bit easier than the Day 1 edition. As we arrived at the course, a quick course inspection revealed that it was in fact the same exact course and it would be ridden in the opposite direction as rumored. This was great as it was familiar for those who would be racing both days but the groove of the course was quite a bit different. This version seemed to have a better flow and as the course had 1 more day to dry with more grip in the turns giving the riders even more confidence.
This past weekend the CycleCraft/Bulldogs made their way over to Marty Cross(North Cross)’s two day event in Chester NJ. The course was a beautiful winding course through the Telephone Poll farm that consisted primarily of grass with a few sections of pavement, gravel, a little mud, and a whole lot of pain. Day 1 had a lot of good racing as the race was well attended and a sizeable attraction as it served for the New Jersey State Championship race. Throughout the day the Bulldog colors could be seen in most of the races. Even though the preceding days had a less than favorable forecast, the racecourse was in great condition for the weekend’s events. The attraction of the day was a steep 100 ft. long hill that was possible to run up and ride up – neither of which being easy.