Twas a good race this weekend! Shout outs to the following UVA team members who participated:
- Steven Cook: Racing in the B category for all events (Uphill time trial, short track cross country, super D, and long track cross country)
- Tyler Cloutier: B’s for all events
- Bryce Lowrey: B’s for all events
- Cameron Todd: C’s for uphill TT and A’s for super D
The weekend started off with the uphill time trial. Starting at 8:00 isn’t ever an exciting event, but when you arrive at the hotel at 3:00 AM like Cameron, I don’t know how you do it. We all managed to wake up in time and get to the course with enough time to get waivers signed and get warmed up. It was about 60 degrees, so perfect for racing. Tyler started first for the UVAers, then Steven right behind him. Bryce was a few back, then Cameron was the last one of us to start. We had previewed about 70% of the course before everyone started, so we knew some of the good lines to choose and some of the tricky switchbacks to watch out for. The hard part was that last 30% that we hadn’t seen. Rocky kick-ups, and loose switchbacks made line choice near the top really tough because we were already tired from the first part of the race. Good results all around.
Second came the short track. Tyler and Bryce were scared of the mounds on the fast part of the course that could be made into jumps for the people that have control of their bikes in the air like Steven and Cameron. The race started off on the first climb with plenty of room to pass. We all went into the woods about mid pack. Bryce made his was up to second and held it until 5 laps to go when Tyler moved into second. Final results ended up with Tyler in a very strong second! Bryce in 5th, and Steven mid-pack in about 10th.
The super D was Cameron’s time to shine. Some nasty drop offs at the top of the course were right up his alley. Steven also blazed down the course, while Tyler and Bryce stayed safe, and were slower, but still not at the bottom of the pack.
XC on Sunday morning proved to be daunting. About a 1000 foot climb to start the race sounded brutal. It coursed up through most of the TT course, then followed another route to the top of the super D course and came back down the super D course and around back to the start. Two laps. Bryce and Tyler started well with a group of about 6 riders that formed on the first climb from position 4-10 or so. Steven was in the group but flatted about 15 minutes in. Steven got repaired and caught everyone that passed him while he was fixing the flat. At the top of the first climb, Tyler was in 2nd within sight of the leader, and Bryce was in 7th with lots of racing left to do. There were some more position changes on the descent. Tyler managed to pass the rider that passed him and stick with 2nd place for his second race of the weekend! Bryce ended up about 10th with Steven a minute or two behind him.
For everyone thinking about racing, DO IT! It’s great and we have fun every weekend we race. See you out on the trails!
Strava tracks for UVAers: http://app.strava.com/clubs/uva-cycling
Results should be posted soon: acccycling.org