Sunday, May 24, 2009

Spring 8 hrs

Mansfield. Yesterday Black Fly Racing was one of the best represented clubs at the event with 10 guys racing on 2 different teams. It was pretty cool knowing you had a clubmate out on the lap with you. Both teams worked hard all day and one of us even got on the podium. Marty, Ian, JonD, Denis and Dean were in 4th and 5th place most of the afternoon, and kept closing the gap until we overtook the team ahead of us for a 3rd place finish. What an effort!

The 11km circuit was challenging as usual, with an opening 750 metre climb straight up. The next 5km was fairly "easy" until about the 7km mark where we were hit with numerous steep climbs and technical descents down to the finish line. It was also a little sandy in some parts especially after thousands of sets of wheels went flying through the corners. This resulted in minor crashes by Chris H. and the Deaner.

Cabin #3 was our home away from home where a few of us stayed over on Friday night and the whole group hung out after laps. The weather was perfect with only a couple of drops of rain on Saturday afternoon. This event is defintely a staple in our season and who knows, maybe we'll send 3 teams next year.
Clockwise from top left:
  1. Jonny D. at the start.
  2. Dean flying down to the finish
  3. Chris H handing off at the transition.
  4. Stitt 1st race after nearly a year off.
  5. Denis with his head down at the start.
  6. Tony after his first lap
  7. Mr. Muller is done.
  8. "Dirt Face" (not a teammate of ours but a funny image nonetheless!)
  9. Ian around the last turn.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Good 'ol Durham

Durham-Glen Major. Not a cloud in the sky today on a sunny, yet cool day at Durham Forest. It's been over 3 years since I rode here for fun (except for races) but for Stitt, it's his new backyard. Lucky guy! We started out on the Glen Major side, went all the way to the bottom before we worked our way back to the cars. After a short break we tackled a little more of the Durham trails and then headed home for some family time and good eats. Nice day!