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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Panorama- Nationals update


It was a long journey to Panorama for what was hoped to be a couple weeks of great riding, racing and all around good times. Being what seemed to be the first to arrive, we definitely had our pick of prime spots in the pit area to get ourselves all set up....and the locals even came out to welcome us.
The course twisted it’s way down “Insanity”,with a couple new, more technical sections added to the National course. Included in this was a re-route lending way to an uphill pedal into the “Cliffs of Insanity”. The Cliffs of Insanity were a crowd favorite and made for some spectacular crashes, during the race.

On Saturday we had our seeding run, and even with a conservative run I managed a 6th place seeding! On race day I was stoked to ride, but a little nervous being my first ever National champs. There was a great women’s field with about 16 riders and despite several slip ups in my run I rode my way to a 10th place finish.
(Photo by: Tanya Crocker)

Overall it was a great experience and as the exhaustion of race day wore off, Sunday night gave way to some debauchery at the “T-Bar” and many great stories to tack back home...but that’s another tale.

Now it’s time for a few days of free riding...Mt. Seven here we come!