Bootlegger’s Blitz is a race that I couldn’t miss this year- I was able to win last year and loved the trails out in Woolwine, Virginia, so when I saw that is was the Virginia State Championship this year I knew I was going to put it on my calendar. The night before the race was a torrential downpour. I had already pre-registered and was committed to going no matter what, but I prepared myself for conditions as wild as the last Southern Classic Race. Luckily when I got there, it wasn’t actively raining and the course had been shortened slightly to cut out the worst sections. Even so, the trails were sticky and the red clay stuck to everything, making the course extra slippery. The 15 mile race started at 1pm, and there were 5 other women in my category. There was a $50 wholeshot prime on the line, which was even more incentive to get in the woods first since I wanted to pay off the gas money I spent getting there. I sprinted to the trailhead and luckily was the first one in the woods- then it was just a matter of staying on my bike through the slick corners and wet roots. I only slid out once thankfully – those wet roots are so unforgiving 🙂 I managed to stay away from second place and take the win, trading only a little mud and blood for the victory. It was my first race on my new Trek Topfuel 9.8, and it definitely did not disappoint! It was a great course with lots of climbing and fun rock sections, and I’m already looking forward to my next race on this new bike.