Aztalan has left the building.
The first race of the year is always a great thing. It can be sketchy, because it is April and you just never know what the weather will do. But, whatever it brings it is always just a great thing to get it going – for crying out loud.
It has been super dry around here. I mean, like mid summer dry. Last week on Wed, Scott and I went to Dyracuse to ride and it was 75 and almost dusty. This week, the guys at Aztalan were telling me that it was super dusty out there. Well of course, a super pile of storms came through and dropped more than an inch of rain. Aztalan went from being dusty to snotty slimy muddy.
So the dirt at Aztalan is a mixture of 50% clay, 10% sand and 75% small rocks. That adds up to more than 100%, because that is what it adds in weight on your bike when you race in the mud there for 2 hours. There is so much rock jammed into every little nook and cranny of the bike. I swear my bike weighed 300lbs at the end of the race. I absolutely could not even lift it up on the stand.
There wasn’t any standing water on the race, but there was everything from pudding mud to snot on glass to the kind of mud that just turns your tires into huge doughnuts of mud.
It really didn’t do much to the mud to have the C class, or the Vintage class or the RGN class, race before us. Sometimes, that race before us busts up the mud and gets us down to a better racing surface. Not today. It was just as mucky for us as it was for the 1st race today.
The RGN class of racing is pretty cool. They race a bunch of different disciplines of racing during the year. The key is that they have to do it on the same motorcycle for each discipline. MX, Supermotard, Road racing, Drag racing, Harescrambles, Enduro, Trials etc… Most people choose an MX bike, and change the wheels for the other disciplines etc…
Our race started at 1:30, as advertised. It was raining a little bit when we started, and it would keep that up for the whole race. I got a good start in 3rd at the 1st turn. But, at the 2nd turn, the 2nd place guy stalled his bike and blocked my line. I was shuffled back a few spots at that point. Unfortunately, I would not see the front anymore today.
I made my way back up to 2nd place at one point, but as I said I just could not seem to find the front today. I am not exactly a mud specialist. Actually, after a year of GNCC racing I really don’t care much for the mud.
I eventually fell back to 3rd, as some local MX’er made good and beat both John and I.
Liz was there and took a bunch of photo’s. Enjoy.
There are a bunch more photos at SpiderwebMX facebook page. Take a look.