After a BEAUTIFUL drive through the beauty of the Fall colors, I arrived onsite in time to pre-ride the course before my race. Got there, grabbed my number, got my race bike dialed in and headed out to scope out the course. As I rolled around I was cataloging some "unique" aspects of the course. A set of man made wooden stairs, a set of barriers, some dirt whoops with mud ruts in the bottom (a la motocross days), a REAL LONG sand pit through the jousting arena, plenty of asphalt, slick off cambers, power sections, mud, etc. To be honest, I got a little nervous!!!
|Dennis Smith caught me scouting the course out amid a beautiful backdrop.|
|This is the view entering the sand pit!|
I knew Nick was right behind me so I had no worries about him chopping me or taking me down. I put in a solid, hard first lap nailing my lines. We both nailed the sand section and as we closed in on the end of the first lap (long lap times, +/- 8:00) we hit a section that I knew Nick had more skills than I did. I told him which line I was taking so he could sneak by. We had nailed a real fast first lap and put a gap of 15 - 20 seconds back to 3rd already. We rode together for the next lap and a half or so until I couldn't hang any more.
|Nailing the sand section, I love the look on the spectator's faces! (Joe Mallis photo)|
|A Pirate Ship for a podium, awesome!|
Looks like I'm sitting in 4th in the PACX series, so a few more races left including Kutztown and PA State Championships. Can't believe how quickly the season flies by.
And Sunday confirmed my choice of days to race. The kids love when I make them pancakes, we hit church then ventured out into the cold to watch both of them play some great soccer games. Fall may be hectic...and may usher in the "blah" winter, but it is a great season!