Sam and I started the day with a bike ride in Tsali, then the family hiked along the lake trail, including finding this old homestead and a mule shoe that I think was from when they forested the land before the damn was finished. Clay and Kay joined us and we rode the other half of the Tsali trails (Mouse and Thompson) – after dinner Clay and I rode Thompson on a night ride.
A See Rock City barn and on the podium (5th) after a great race. See yesterday’s pictures of the views, cause I didn’t see anything today… I went as hard as I could. I was in third at almost half way when I got caught by 4th, I could out climb him, but he was dropping me on the way down and pulled away…. then I was passed by someone going so fast, I assumed he was a fast guy from a later wave, but nope. I stayed at it as hard as I could go and had a blast. That night my mom and I played some at the casino in Cherokee, I did better in the woods.
Today was spend pre-riding the race course in Tsali in western NC, man this place is awesome! My lap will have three steep climbs with fast and flowing single track between them. The image of the guys climbing one is pro and one an expert… look at their body language… of coarse when they “caught up to me” they called me “sir”… That hurt ; )
I tried to ride with them to the next hill…. they were so smooth going down…. I have a long way to go!