Friday, January 22, 2016

TBF MTB Kickstart

Getting through a mud section of the course.
Last weekend I officially started my 2016 mountain bike race season and competed in the Total Body Fitness Mountain Bike Kickstart cross-country race in Granite Bay.  Although not my original plan coming into the race I decided to race in the professional category for the first time and that proved to be an interesting experience.  Racing against seriously fast competition I finished 8th place in Pro, however truth be told there were only 8 racers in the professional category.

The start of the Pro and Expert racers.
 I have been racing on the trails surrounding Folsom Lake since I first started racing mountain bikes so it is always fun to start my race season at a familiar venue that has become somewhat of a tradition to me.  With weeks of rain leading up to the race it was a pleasant surprise that the weather held off for the duration of the race and only started raining after the event, and because the course consists of primarily crushed granite the trails drain very well and were in perfect condition on race day.  Despite the not so great result I still had a good time racing my bike again and identified areas that I need to improve on before the NICA Nor Cal race series begins.

Hammering up one of the many short but punchy climbs.

 I am super excited to take on what the 2016 race season has to throw at me and what will be almost a full year of cross-country and enduro mountain biking.

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