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Castlewood State Championship Mountain Bike Race


The Missouri State Mountain Bike Championship was held at Castle wood with temperatures in the low 90′s. We got to Castle wood about 8:50 and got registered. As I was starting my warm-up, I rode off the road and onto … Continue reading

The Missouri State Mountain Bike Championship was held at Castle wood with temperatures in the low 90′s. We got to Castle wood about 8:50 and got registered. As I was starting my warm-up, I rode off the road and onto the race course in the grass. The grass was still wet with dew, I hit a wet root, and crashed.

I was fine, but I had flatted my front tire. I thought tubeless weren’t supposed to flat; I ran back to the car and changed my flat. After the crash and flat tire were fixed, it was 9:30. I took up and rode up Keifer Creek Road and came back on the Lone Wolf Trail in the creek valley. A little after 10, the five Juniors took off. I was the second rider into the single track.

On the first part of the Grotpeter climb, I passed the other Junior ahead of me when he tried to ride over a log instead of around it. I kept a fast pace up the climb and passed about four Beginners before getting to Rollercoaster. After a little bit on Rollercoaster, I came up to five racers going slower than I wanted. The rider in front of me didn’t want to let me pass him so I had to ride Rollercoaster pretty slow. After we got on the wide part of Grotpeter, I passed about four people before Mountain Ridge.

I was stuck behind the rider who wouldn’t let me pass him for the ride down mountain ridge. I passed about five people on the trail in the creek valley, before the creek crossing including the rider who didn’t want me to pass. I rode across the creek and back through the bottom lands to complete the 5.25 mile lap in about 28 minutes. I was first in my category and won a CO2 Inflation Kit and a State Champion Jersey.




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