Monday, April 27, 2015

Back to the Otter

After, what was one of the best biking winters ever, it was time to kick-off the MTB race season with some Otter action.

This year I wasn't going to make the same mistake of holding back to conserve energy as I did last year...with lots more confidence in my fitness program and the knowledge that I had worked my ass off during off-season training I knew I was fit and strong and had had lots of time on the bike heading into the race.
Photo: Gary Perkin
The Sea Otter DH saw many of the top female Pro-Downhill and Enduro racers in attendance, so I knew it was going to be a tough race.  My goal was a top 5...and I fell just shy of this goal by less than 1 second.  I had one pretty major mistake but was happy with how hard I pushed the pedals and that I still felt good at the end of the race knowing that I put everything into it...just gotta clean some stuff up for next year.  My Juliana Bicycles Roubion felt great all weekend and was definitely the right tool for the job.

I also decided to try my hand at the infamous Sea Otter Dual Slalom....what a blast!  As we practiced and then headed into the elimination rounds I found myself wondering what the hell was wrong with me...why hadn't I done this sooner!  Such a great vibe and really casual and fun race format...I see more of this in my future.  I surprised myself with a 5th place finish and am now pretty stoked to try my hand at the Crankworx Dual Slalom later this summer.

My Juliana Bicycles "Roubion" felt great all weekend and was the right tool for the job for both courses.

Bring on 2015 and more adventures!