Sunday was the 2014 Monster Cross p/b Ground Force IT in Pocahontas State Park located just a little southwest of Richmond, VA.
It was our first race racing in our new team kit. Huge shout out to Mt. Borah for coming through with a sharp looking kit that fits and performs as well as it looks!
Results: Overall Finish List
Last year I left a lot of room for improvement when I had a MAJOR bonk on the Monster Cross course. This year I left the line with a similar strategy; go hard and try to hold the pace. At the start a bunch of riders folded into the pack and I got shuffled WAY back. It took a long time and many “matches” to get through traffic. But the course was in good shape , the weather was great and it didn’t take much Wicked Wash to get the machines cleaned up afterwards. This spring is looking better and better.
My 50 day VES (Virginia Endurance Series) challenge ended the Wednesday before 2014 Monster Cross. Since much of my riding had been indoors, I was ready to get out side! We headed down to Richmond for what had been hyped as a good early season race and to see a bunch of people I hadn’t seen since last season. The start lived up the chaotic expectations, and after standing around for a while we finally took off. The race went well and I had a great day on my bike. This was my longest race to this point, and my goals were to focus on nutrition and to finish! Around mile 35 I ended up sticking with another female racer who’s encouragement and conversation made the ride much more fun! It was a great start to the season and an even better place to debut the new kits and my new green i9s!
– Mary Dobroth
It was slower/muddier than last year, but just as much fun. The conditions really emphasized the different advantages of MTB/CX bikes. The fat tire crowd rules supreme on the wide singletrack, especially on the downhills, and in the bogs. The CX guys killed us on the road section and the doubletrack climbs. It made for a great day of see-sawing back and forth.
We set up our tent next to the VWS guys and had a good time catching up with them afterward. Noah finished in the prizes for juniors (6th) and was disappointed when the promoter only called up the top 3 to the podium as he was trying to get thru awards quickly.
I think everybody had a pretty good day. John needs to start riding a geared bike! He was flying early. He rocketed past me on the first lap steep climb and disappeared over the horizon on the road section. But the long climbs took a toll on him, I think. I caught him on the short lap and his second long lap was more conservative. He still finished strong and I think was pretty happy with it. AJ blistered the first half too, but was fading when I caught up to him about 15 miles from the finish. Noah may have ridden the smartest race of all. He rode the first 5 miles or so with me and, once he was fully warmed up he just took off. I never saw him again! Marco and Chris D. were also so far ahead that I never saw them. Mary was steady and finished with the world’s biggest smile on her face, as always. Her training is paying off and she appears to be much more fit than last year. Overall, a good day for WWR!
Got lots of comments regarding the new kit, all positive. And it was also gratifying to hear folks talk about how great the product works for them. Lots of questions about where to buy it, etc., and what races the guys would be attending for the bike wash. Folks are talking about it!