An update from Sarah on a great September
Happy Fall! We hope this update finds you enjoying autumn weather…and getting ready for winter. While some of our ladies are fully engaged in CX season, a few others were still stretching out their MTB seasons. As always, thank you for your continued support!
Here is what the ladies have been up to:
Vicki wrapped up her 100-mile racing season in September, with the Shenandoah 100 in Virginia, followed by the Fool’s Gold in Georgia.
The Shenandoah 100 is a highlight of the NUE calendar, and Vicki was happy to take 3rd. It was a humid day, and Vicki didn’t take on enough fluids and nutrition, digging herself a little bit of a hole that only a slice of pizza at mile 75 seemed to cure! After sitting in second most of the day, she had to accept her nutritional mistake and settle for third (sharing the podium with teammate Sue Haywood).
Six days after the Shenandoah, Vicki then competed in the NUE finals in Georgia. Vicki needed to finish in second place at Fool’s Gold to secure second in the series overall. Despite going of course for 8 miles (due to people tinkering with the course markings) and having to chase from fourth position, she brought back the difference and finished second in the race and series.
After the 100-mile season was over, Vicki switched it up a bit, and competed in the Raven Enduro near State College, PA. The riding pace between stages was a welcome break from racing, but Vicki found the actual racing segments very challenging, with arms and legs screaming from the intense effort. In the end, she took home first place.
Sue was also looking to mix things up but she also tackled the Shenandoah first. After the big elevation effort of Breck Epic, Sue dominated the Shenandoah 100. In her first and only 100miler of the year, Sue smashed the ladies field and was top 30 in the overall in a field of 650. And of course, after you do something like that, the proper way to follow it up is with the Burke Mountain Enduro in Vermont. Sue got third place against some rippin’ local gals. And is still slightly up in the air about pursuing more enduro races next year. What do you think she should do?
Besides the racing, there has been lots of mountain bike lessons and skills tours. Sue did her biannual women’s weekend clinic at the Elk River Touring Center, taught a college mountain bike class(yes, they get college credit!) and hosted the first Canaan MTB School of Hard Rocks. Sue enjoys teaching others to ride singletrack and finds it always helps her skills, too.
And Sue always does plenty of #lifestyleriding in #wildwonderful #westvirginia. You can check out her baby jumping skills in this Adventure Seen video from Snowshoe Mountain. And of course you can follow Sue on Facebook, Twitter (@Haywoodyah) and on Instagram (@Shaywoodja)
Sue is loving that for the next 6 weeks its six-pack downhill season. Every Friday, mountain bikers gather together in the forest with a six pack and ride up to the top of the designated downhill. With stopwatches and a pen and paper, the riders are timed on the downhill singletrack. All the six packs go to the winner’s house as well as the party! This is grassroots enduro and so, so fun. And like good mountain bikers, two trail work days are required for participation in the final six pack of the season called the Invitational.
On the other side of the country, Jenny is busy coaching the Western State Colorado University cycling team. The mountain bike season is currently in full swing, there are six Rocky mountain collegiate events that lead into national championships in Banner Elk, NC at the end of October. Here is the team taking a break during a training ride.
The Western team is a part of a larger mountain sports program being developed at WSCU. The program and team are in their second year now and have more than doubled in students on the cycling team. It has been a fall of learning and adventure as Jenny adapts to the growth of the team along with coaching, training and travelling with her now four month daughter Jade. It is going great, we are taking 13 riders and Jade to nationals. Jade travels well!
Meanwhile, Sarah finished up her season with a monster effort at the Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race – five burly days of riding in North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest. Sarah enjoyed the challenge of the steep, rooty and drop-filled terrain, which is so different from the buff trails she usually rides in Park City! She rode consistently to finish 2nd in four out of the 5 stages and take 2nd place in the General Classification.