Planning a race in the spring is always a risky prospect. As today's weather shows (SNOW) you never know what April weather can bring! After much deliberation the decision was made to move the 6th Annual Bone Bender from Sunday April 13th, to Saturday (thunderstorms very likely) to Saturday (sunny and 80 degrees). I'm so glad we did too, because Saturday morning the weather was showing every indication of bring a beautiful spring day. We got to Clinton Lake around 9 am to begin setting up registration and scoring areas, and there were already plenty of people out preparing the course, pre-riding, checking the road crossings and just making sure that race day goes off with out a hitch. Unless you have helped with a race before, you just don't realize how many man-hours (woman-hours?) it takes to get those wheels turning and keep everyone safe. We got the tents up and everything laid out and before too long the racers started to show up. One thing that I've noticed with bike races as opposed to runs is that many cyclists are old school. The last few years has shown in increase in pre-registration versus same day registration, where as many runs don't even allow same day registration. In fact, a lot of bigger runs don't have race-day packet pickup, and I've noticed that among cyclists only a small percentage utilize early packet pickup. It's a shame, because that is one less thing to worry about when you are trying to get ready for your race! With the surprisingly gorgeous weather that Saturday brought we had a lot of riders that I think decided relatively last minute to come out to race, so there were a lot of same-day registrants. I've done registration many times- but we really had a lot on Saturday! We tried to get everyone through the line as quickly as possible, but I think a lot of Cat 2 and 3 racers aren't used to having to purchase a license. If you race several times a year, buy a yearly license! It streamlines your race-day process and means that all of your results will be attached to your license too. It is $70 a year for a license that allows you to race road, mountain, cyclocross, track, downhill--whatever you like. If you just race a couple times a year, make sure you fill out the correct registration form for riders purchasing a one-day license.
|My 2014 Giant Lust 1 - Jessica Rabbit|
|Popping out at the finish after the final climb-Yayyy!|
If you've never done a mountain bike race, the atmosphere after the race is by far my favorite part. The stress and nervousness has dissipated and you are left with a bunch of cool outdoorsy people who are really happy to be outside riding their bikes and enjoying some great trails. Lot's people sharing beer from their coolers, and Carolyn Locke brought in Jimmy Johns for all of the racers. It's great to relax and talk to everyone and see how their race went. Whether you are excited about your finish or wish you had done better, you can't help but be happy to be on great trails with cool people! There was a LOT of cool raffle prizes from Castelli, Hammer, and some great stuff we brought from The Wheel from Sugoi and BePresent and other cool brands. All in all, I saw a lot of smiling faces and happy racers, and I think the day was a great success. Thank you Heather Jordan @ The Wheel Cyclery and Chris Locke.
Results can be found here
Our next off-road adventure will be at God's Country on June 22nd- put it on your calendar now!