Yes, it is true. I actually finally won a mountain bike race again. It helped that a few folks had other plans and didn't show up, but you have to show up to win. And a win is never guaranteed! And I worked hard for it, but before we get to that, so much to tell. Or maybe just a lot of pics to clue you in on our mundane lives. Basically our summer tease ended, weather went to shit, but we have evaded the rain a bit and enjoyed the typical spring weather. Heck, we knew the sunshine wouldn't last. The weekend of the 18-19th, we were cabin bound, and although the weather was a bit chilly, we had 2 great rides with friends. And a guest appearance from Sarai Snyder. We hosted her for a few days and it was great, especially since I missed her cyclofemme ride. Too busy racing my bike.
|Sarai enjoying the view!|
|This is what I get for being slow (and taking a picture or two).|
|Amazing views of the gorge on our mtb ride Saturday.|
|Gravel road happiness on Sunday!|
A cold, rainy week in Portland and then headed to Bend to try to dry out a bit. It worked for 2 days, but we did get wet on the 3rd. Our memorial day weekend was spent with our good friend Lindsay, who decided she needed to escape the heat of Phoenix. Granted, she made that decision when it was 75 and sunny here. When she landed, 45 and rainy. I gave her one chance to turn around and go home, but she toughed it out. And Bend turned out to be an even better weekend with her company. Saturday I opted out of Bend Don't Brake and rode to Smith Rock with Lindsay and Marielle. It wasn't our plan or destination, but a serendipitous encounter with a very nice woman from Bend, we just decided to go. And Lindsay had never been.
|What an amazing day!|
Sunday was Sister's Stampede. I must say, although the turnout was great and attendance was maxed out, the Elite/Cat1 women were nowhere to be found. Very small fields, but that does not make the racing any easier. Beth Ann poured it on at the start and her and I had a gap almost immediately. I took the single track first and just one second at a time, pulled away by just riding a bit smoother. I pushed the whole race knowing I was getting chased down, passing as gracefully as I could, thinking about that darn belt buckle! I wanted it this year. And I got it. Great cash & prizes, but more importantly, great fun with friends!
|First overall! The elusive belt buckle (with a pink rhinestone belt! Love it!)|
|Tim got 2nd, but first didn't show up. Tim stepped in!|
|Burgers post races make happy faces.|
Monday morning felt like Portland. 55 and raining. It rode pretty awesome however. The singletrack was in great shape and although we didn't have much time, we had a great ride with lots of smiles. Only to have a 4 hour adventure to get home and get Lindsay to the airport in the nick of time. Stressful end to a great weekend, but it all worked out!