The past few weeks have been trying… I’ve been sick, and I’ve had to re-evaluate my cycling plans for the year. As many of you know, i was gearing up to race the Furnace Creek 508 with another woman, a two-woman relay! I spent 200-300 miles per week on my bike preparing for this race. It was to be an epic spiritual journey, and I couldn’t wait. I lost my partner, and that dream was quashed, at least for this year. All of that momentum has to go somewhere though, right?
I had also planned on racing the Everest Challenge, a race in which you climb the elevation of Mount Everest in the course of 200 miles and 2 days in the Bishop, California region near Mammoth. This is also a great feat requiring major focus but it was my second goal to the 508and as such my efforts were not 100% towards the Everest Challenge. After having acquired bronchitis for a week and taking a little too long to recover, I am now rethinking Everest. If I am healed, I will go!
In the midst of all of this melee, a few of my friends and Team Taberlay mates wanted to go to Irvine to race in the Over the Hump race. Something sorely needed in the Southern California region is a weeknight mountain bike race- akin to the Short Track races in Boulder which are announced by Dave Towle!
I hadn’t decided to race until I arrived. And I am so happy I did! This was my first race in a year, and my first mountain bike race in who knows how long, several years! I was aboard the Cannondale Rize, a 5″ travel all-mountain bike weighing in around 25 pounds or so as spec’d. It’s also a demo bike, and not my own- not all tricked out and personalized. However- it was a complete blast!
I also forgot my gloves, and had some good fast rider mojo from Sid Taberlay… thanks, “Mate” for the gloves! And I have to admit I could have never felt so good out there without my pre-race MRP.
I lead the entire race, with Vicky Chernoff of Sho-Air on my wheel. I was barely able to lose her on the 3rd lap, but she was still around the corner every lap! We had 4 grueling laps of a mix of short hills and plenty of flats. with some super fun singletrack!
Over 300 racers showed up for this great race, and I suspect about 200 non-racers and spectators were around as well. It was a huge success, and I look forward to more! Some photos of me on facebook.com/mtbchick.