This weekend was the first collegiate mountain bike race of the season. The team and I traveled to nearby REEB Ranch for the Brevard College race weekend. We were luckily able to stay at my parents house since we live near the race course, which made it even more fun to spend time with them and have them be at the race. On Saturday we raced cross country in the morning and dual slalom in the afternoon. The course was a lot of grass, so I was very thankful to have my remote lockout for my suspension. I was able to get the hole shot at the start and held the lead up the climb and through the REEB barn, but slid out in the mud after the creek crossing and was passed by two riders. I was able to hang on for third place in a field of 20 strong women, and was excited about my strongest finish in an SECCC race to date. The afternoon was the dual slalom race, which is typically is the most challenging event for me. I had fun though, and came out in 12th place.
The next day we raced short track on a similar course to the XC track. There was a lot of grass again, but I got third in the same order as the day before. It was fun having my family there to cheer me on and to be able to race with my teammates. The super D was the highlight of my weekend – we were shuttled to the top of a long descent and I had a blast racing down the trail. There were a couple pedal-y sections and some tight corners, and I was impressed at how long the trail was. It was in great condition considering the rainy week, and the mud was slightly slippery but with just enough tackiness to stick in the corners. I managed 5th place with a time of 6 minutes 36 seconds. Overall it was a great start to the season and I’m excited for what’s to come.