I asked my friend Dustin Mealor to tell you guys about his first of 3 Snake Creek Gap Races. This is a mountain bike time trial series. A race on the first Saturday of Jan/Feb/March that gives no consideration to weather, rising river water, or life threatening terrain. In other words it's a super cool experience. I have to this point never committed to it. And each year I regret it.
For the elite racers there's money to be had. But for everyone who completes all three races (the Trifecta) there's a sweet belt buckle for you. It makes me sick to think about missing it again so I'll turn this blog over the Dustin.
RACE #1 - by Dustin Mealor
The Snake Creek Gap Time Trial Series is not just any mountain bike race. The Snake is a race that takes 34 miles of trail and crams in 4,000 ft of climbing, huge rocks littering a 1-2 mile portion of the trail, fast descents, a very wide and deep “creek crossing” and cold temperatures. I’ve been racing mountain bikes for about two years now and this has been on my list since the beginning. I was finally roped into doing it this year (through very little coercion from friends). I’ll give a quick little story of how the day went.
|Screen print of Dustin's race.|
After losing touch with my new friend when she stopped at the aide station for a banana I rode the rest of the race with a friend/acquaintance named Brian DeLoughy. I stayed with him for a while but he finally dropped me and I had the rock garden section followed by the downhill to the finish. I rode quite a bit of the rock garden that I’ve never made it over before but still had to walk quite a bit. I caught up to Brian later yelling in pain from a cramp in his calve that I could visibly see locking up from behind (ouch).
Here's a cool VIDEO!
Thank you Dustin for sharing your experience. Now can you people see why I want to do this series!
I am looking forward to the Chainbuster Series this year as well. I hear it's bigger and better than ever with some super cool sponsors and BIG prizes!
Here's a local racing EXCLUSIVE - New North Georgia Cycling team Prima Tappa Cycling Club in cooperation with Dingo Race Productions will be hosting a downtown Crit on Saturday July 13th in Flowery Branch!! Oh yeah! Put that on your calendar and smoke it!
Shout out to my Triathlon friends!!!
Check back on my blog home page often this year for the lastest race and ride information.
Thanks for reading!