The Dyracuse World Championship of Wisconsin offroad racing! That is what Scott and I have been billing it as.
Dyracuse is where both the WIXC series and the D16 AMA series was going to come together and race the last race of the season together. It was held at Dyracuse riding area, on trails that Scott and I knew pretty well. And, it was not without it’s share of Drama – mostly in the AA class, so I will let you read about that on Scott’s blog.
Dry, Dry, Dry! That was the order of the day. We knew it was going to be dusty and we knew it was going to be dry and hard to see. Sure enough, it was. Huge clouds of dust. During the week before, it rained cats and dogs in Madison. Madison is just an hour and a half drive south of Dyracuse. We were pretty excited during the week, that there could be perfect dirt at Dyracuse. But, a check of the actual weather in the days before showed less than .5inch of rain during the week before. Ugh.
The course is long at Dyracuse, so Scott and I decided to leave at 5am so that we would have time to ride the whole course on our mountain bikes before the race. Scott had brought with him a Gary Fisher 29′er, but all I had at home was a Trek Jack dirt jumping bike. Scotts bike worked perfectly in the sand, but mine with indoor tires set up left a lot to be desired. So, Scott made it all the way around and I made it just a little bit. Oh well.
Turned out to be a huge crowd on the line. I think for sure the biggest crowd of the year here in Wisconsin. I guess that is what it is like when we bring both race series together and kind of proves my point that we have enough racers here in the state for 1 series, but not for 2.
There were 18 guys on the line for the +40 race. Wow. This was going to be fun. The gun went off and I did not get a good start. I knew that I needed to be near the front at the beginning of the race or the dust was going to be impossible. I pushed really hard to get by people on the track before we headed into the woods. On the 4th turn, I chose to go under a rider and when I did I must have been too close as he fell over on top of me. Literally on top of me. His bike was on mine, and he was on me. But, my bike was laying there under his – still running. Damn that Rekluse clutch is amazing. I got my bike untangled and got going, and when I came off the track, Brian told me that I was 2nd to last. So, I had my work cut out for me.
I caught up to Rob really quickly, who was on a new 450. Yow. That is too much bike for me, but he claims to love it. But, I knifed through him pretty fast and kept going. In the woods, just because you are on a 450, that doesn’t mean that a 250F cannot leave you behind. When we came through after the first lap, I was in 3rd. I assumed that Jim and John were ahead of me. I was right on Jim, but it turned out I was wrong on John. I caught Jim and another guy and worked my way through them on the 2nd lap.
At the end of the 2nd lap, I was in 1st. Not bad for the start that I had and getting off the Motocross track. I do really well in the opening laps, especially when I have a deficit to make up. I rode the next 4 laps in 1st place, and probably got a little bit complacent. I think I settled into a mellow trail pace, thinking that I had it in the bag.
Unfortunately, Jim and John had a different idea. They caught me on lap 6 and had a good freight train going. They went right through me. Ugh. How could I let my early part of the race pace, fall off. I got mad again, and that is when I ride much better. I decided this wasn’t going to happen and put my head down again. On the MX track, I came over a rise only to discover Jim on the ground. I could not see him until to late, and unfortunately I ran right into his back wheel when he was picking his bike up – knocking his bike back down. I felt really bad for that and apologized like crazy. But, I did not want to wait for him as I really wanted to see if I could catch John.
On the 7th lap, I completely fell apart – again! I have problems. I threw away another race. Another time that I should have won, but did not.
So, the District 16 series is over. John won the overall. He deserved it He was the most consistent of us all. I took a credible 2nd overall, but I have some consistency issues that I need to work on for next year. Fitness and being able to hold that pace for the 2nd hour as well.
That is it for today. More observations to come.