Last year we rented an awesome house but this year we switched it up to a house located about 100ft from the top of the XC course. Even while housing a significant contingent of the ACCC everyone had a bed to their own and we had an awesome basement with Pool Table, Beer Fridge, and Hot Tub where we could store and work on our bikes. How we got our security deposit back is still unbeknownst to me, but whoever gave it back thank you.
Friday was a beautiful and pleasantly warm morning compared to last year’s 15 degrees and snow. The course was changed to a gravel climb and single track descent. The race was sadly uninteresting for myself as 1.5 laps in as I pulled off with a fairly major hole right in the tred of the tire, ending my short track race and my omnium hopes. So there you have the shortest race recap of all time. My buddy Luke battled it out with Sepp Kuss just losing out on the last lap. At least I knew I was getting beat by the guy up front. Hopefully slightly fresher legs would lend to a good result in Saturday’s Cross Country race.
After the Short Track race it was time to test my skills at Downhill racing for the 2nd time in my life. I was slow as can be but it is amazing how much those big tires and 8” of travel smooth out a seemingly nasty trail. The afternoon spent riding the lift cleared my mind from the disappointment of earlier and I definitely got better as the day went along.
With the afternoon qualifying run over it was time to rest and relax with the ACCC crew before XC the next morning.
The day ended with some more DH practice and a final DH run that landed me in not last which was good enough for me. Some more partying and in general college goofing off occurred throughout the evening ending in a great conversation overheard as I laid my head down on the pillow.
“No Gus I will not sleep with you!!” So there you have it, no luck for Gus. And with that the weekend came to an end. School work caused Jay and I to roll out early Sunday morning to get back to Charlottesville.
Keep those pedals spinning,