Oct. 14, 2018


Race #2 NCCX and the same results, same three on the podium and in the same order.

The race was at Lions Park in Raleigh and I have always liked the course, even I have have never had a good result there. This year they took away recovery dirt road on the back, made the bog hill a run up with barriers and made the lap a hair longer. I got the call up today, so I started on the front row: The start, yesterday’s winner got a good start and then did a “dick” move and cut right in front on me, but karma got him and he dropped a chain or cross chained or something…. all I know was suddenly he was moving and was right in front of me, and I had to cut hard not to pile into him.

The mechanical also meant I had the hole shot and after the first left turn I was in front before we hopped the curb into the woods. All I could think of was go, go, go… I have never been in the front of a CX field and wasn’t sure how hard to go vs “popping” – whatever I was doing was working I was building a gap and finished the first lap with over 100 yards lead. After halfway through lap 2 I saw yesterday’s winner and he was gaining, and by the next switch back he had closed the gap why faster than I expected…. I learned, he is MUCH faster than I am so I concentrated on my line and he caught and passed me before the run up, I stayed with him for a bit, but just not as fast as he is. Lap 3 was fast, third place didn’t close in on me, and I wasn’t gaining at all on first. I am still happy with my second second of the year!


‘cross = early starts!


The run up, last year it was ride-able, this year Tim added barriers.


Fun stuff


April 4, 2018


I was up early, so I waited for the sun to rise so I could ride. It was a quiet morning on the roads, and since I am still riding my Tri bike, I thought a lot about old races, the people in my life that I love, and glad for another year around the sun!

Oct. 30, 2016


We woke up to a beautiful sunrise! Quickly ate and packed, it is going to be a long day!


The sun was warm and we started climbing right away.


I knew the first bit was up-hill, but not this up… see the tiny barn in the background, that was where we slept and this is only a half hour of hiking.


Again we had the trail to ourselves and went up Little Hump Mountain (5,459 ft) through a Bradley Gap and then up Hump Mountain.




a break on some large rocks….


and up….


near melt down (how much more up can there be?) This was about 2 hours of climbing since we left camp.


But once over the top, we headed back into the woods, out of the wind and enjoyed the mostly downhill hike back to the truck.

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I was surprised when un-packing, we used every thing we brought (except a couple items in the first aid kit) and finished with only one Clif Bar and a little trail mix! I packed perfectly!