This past weekend wrapped up another successful weekend of mountain bike racing for the UVA Team at the VCU/ William & Mary Mountain Bike Race. On Saturday, the team was represented by newcomers Matt Wyatt and Lucas Farr, along with Tyler. Saturday’s Time Trial was held along the James River and challenged the riders with a fast course. In the Men’s C race, Matt Wyatt finished 7th in his first race and Lucas Farr also faired well. Tyler also had a good run at the course and finished 3rd. The afternoon Cross Country event moved over to Forrest Hill Park, where riders tackled tight single-track, hairpin turns and some fast descents. Matt and Lucas finished in the middle of a strong C field. Despite a couple of spills, Tyler was able to hold on for 2nd place as he and the NC State rider rode clear of the field after the first of four laps.
Sunday saw the racing move from Richmond over to historic Williamsburg and the Freedom Park Trails. The weather was perfect for riding and the Le Mans start ensured each race started with a bang! Tyler and Steven started out mid-pack in the Men’s B field. As the group entered the narrow and very windy single-track, the guys were still sitting in the first third of the bunch and moving up. Finally, with three quarters of the course behind them, the race came to life at the front and the attacks began flying! Tyler eventually crossed the finish line in 4th and Steven followed in 9th place. The final event of the weekend was the Short Track race. This course included a long drag down a fire road, a small pump track (which Steven may have jumped once or twice!) and some optional teeter-totters. Everyone was gunning for position from the outset and when the dust settled it was UVA on the top step of the podium!
Great job to all the guys who raced this weekend! Don’t forget the next race is at Virginia Tech September 29th-30th and it’s sure to be a barnstormer! Wahoo Waahh!