Once again this is not going to be like Dirty Biker’s 24 hour solo MTB race but Judi’s VERY FIRST MTB race. Yes, somehow I got roped into doing the John Bryan 6 hour as a female/female team with a rippin’ fast CX racer chickie, Nancy. I figured it’d be good for CX practice at the very least. We agreed to go into it just for fun and to get the hell off the road for a minute (cuz like Gnome says, road racing really does eat your soul).
The trails I’ve been riding here in Cincinnati are all hella technical, rooty, rocky, and hilly. I’ve been wishing for some smooth fast singletrack to ride and John Bryan trails did not disappoint! It was pretty much this for 13 miles.
After a Le Mans start, Nancy was off for the first lap. Dominic and I had basically just arrived at the race and I hardly had time to get registered, let alone be ready to ride, so she agreed to do the first lap. Plus isn’t it smarter to let the faster rider of the team go first?
The fastest guys were doing the loops in 53+ minutes. The fastest SS time was 55+ I think. Nancy came flying in at 1:02 or something.
Then it was my turn. I was riding the course blind (as usual). The trail was super sweet, twisty turney, dry, and FLAT as all hell. Rippin’ fast. Well, not me so much, but all the people passing me were sure going fast. I bet I was the only one riding rigid too. Everybody had a little bounce going on except me. I took all the ramps but I lost my chain 5 fucking times on that first lap and bit the dust once. I came in at 1:20 or something way slow like that. Dominic was helping everyone with mechanicals so I waited my turn for him to do something about the chain.
Nancy went off for lap #3 and I just hung out chillin’ with my dirt friends while Dominic did tricks for the kids on his flatland bike. An hour went by a little too fast and I missed Nancy when she came in. She screamed for me and I rode over to start my lap but she yelled back that she was going to do another lap.
Damn. I missed my turn. Really? I was bummed. I was antsy waiting for my turn. The next hour went by slow. I was at the transition like a half hour early because by god I did not want to fuck up again and miss my turn. I forgot how competitive Nancy was. Wait wait wait. Then finally it was my turn to ride.
My 2nd lap was much much better than my first and I was flowing real well. I really wanted to make the cut off so Nancy could do another lap. I only dropped my chain 3xs on that lap and no crashing, so I was able to take 5 minutes off my lap time. With two minutes to go I came in just in time for Nancy to do a 4th lap.
Nancy did 4 laps to my 2. I felt pretty bad about it but hey, we had fun. In fact, I think this was one of the funnest times I have ever had on my bike.
Nancy made our “jerseys”. You like?
We came in 2nd out of four female/female teams. Podium! And pint glasses for a prize!by