For the land of the free
And the home of the brave…………vroooom, vrooom…
It was almost like being at a GNCC race. 200 people on the line, announcements that you cannot hear and that do not make much sense, an almost 12 mile loop, a significant amount of spectators. Oh ya I forgot, this is not just a D16 race, but also a shared race with D23 (Minnesota). There is a lot more offroad riders there, or maybe it’s because they do not have a competing series in a sparsely populated state. Regardless, it sure is fun to have 22 people on your line.
The course at Dresser is at a small local ski area, Trollhaugen. Not sure where it gets its name from, I did not see any Trolls on the property. What I did see was
– 11.5 miles of sweet up and down hills singletrack
– a super cool little endurocross section at the finish area
– a semi gnarly downhill section with telephone poles down at angles and drop offs etc…
– several woods areas with spaced out trees and multiple lines that was very GNCC like
– no river crossings (so that made it not like a GNCC) – woohoo!
– incredible dirt. Must have rained in the days prior as the moisture content in the dirt was as perfect as it can be.
John and I had another epic battle. We trained off the front from our group right away from the start. We pushed and shoved our way through the groups ahead of us, and finally late in the 1st lap found ourselves able to race hard. We traded the lead back and forth, but neither one of us could get more than 50 yards away from the other one. We truly are exactly the same speed now. Our races are coming down to whoever makes the least costly mistake is going to win.
John fell over on the second lap, and I got by him on a downhill. I put my head down and went like crazy. Unfortunately, later in that same lap I fell over and gave up that lead. I was still ahead of him, but now he could see me and that was all the incentive he needed to make up the gap. Near the very end, in a sandy section, i pushed the front end over a berm and awkwardly came to a stop, that was all he needed to get by me. In the end I made 1 more mistake than he did, and that pushed me back to 2nd – although right on his tail.
This makes 6 races this year that we have finished right on top of each other. It is sure fun.
Next race is Dyracuse, and then we will be on to the Crawfordsville GNCC race. Wow, where did this season get off to? I know I have not gotten enough racing in this year.