I completely missed posting a blog entry from last weekend, even though we had a great cabin weekend with a scenic Cherry Blossom recon ride on Saturday and a gorgeous day on Syncline and Coyote mountain biking on Sunday. I forgot the camera, and what is a blog entry without pictures?!?!
This weekend, Tim and I kicked off our racing season with our first races of 2010, both mountain biking and road. Saturday we checked out the Echo Red to Red mountain bike race. It was an awesome event. It was a great course, well organized and a heck of a lot of fun. I even debuted my "new" team for 2010. If you haven't heard by now, Cannondale discontinued their sponsorship from the very successful Monavie-Cannondale team as of January. That does not leave a lot of time to find new sponsors for a season almost underway. Therefore, I am back racing for the BEST bike shop in the country: River City Bicycles. I am always honored to don the kit of RCB. It is where I started and things always seem to go full circle. The bonus now is that Tim and I get to match!!!
In our tried and true kits, we had a successful weekend of racing. I won the women's pro category and Tim took a close 2nd in the Cat 1 35-44. I think he came in 8th overall, however. Pretty impressive for the first race outing of the year.
Saturday night we celebrated with my kid brother, Nikolas, who arrived from MN while we were driving home from Echo. We went out to Deschutes in the Pearl and discovered why we spend all of our weeekends at the cabin when we aren't racing. It is crowded on Saturday nights!
Sunday we headed out to Banana Belt #2. I received permission to race with the master 1/2/3's, b/c I didn't want to get up early and wanted to race with Tim. It was good training. All was good until at the crest of the hill after the dam on the last lap when I heard that horrible noise, pssssst. I had a front flat. I was left to finish alone after a not very fast wheel change and Tim, even after sitting at the front of the race a majority of the time, finished 8th.
A great start to what I hope is a GREAT season!