Bend serves up some great singletrack, and the Super-D course is no exception! With a super moderate grade and very few technical challenges, this track demanded non-step pedaling. We even put our big rings on for the flats — I was reluctant, but am I glad I did! I can’t remember the last time I needed one on a trail.
Eating lots of dust and taking care not to wash out on blown out corners was the theme of the weekend, at least when it came to riding. Swimming in the Deschutes was a must on both practice and race days, as was having a beverage at the awesome 10 Barrel Brewery in Bend. Or a well-deserved PBR at the end of a practice run.
Camping was probably the funnest part of the weekend. We met up with Stephanie and Finn, Kelly Nokes, and Josh and Marie (of the Sturdy Bitches) from Seattle at some undeveloped sites near Phil’s Trails, conveniently located just over the ridge from The Lair skills park. I don’t have any photos of it, but on race day, Jess and I had time to pedal over there and check it out. Because the ladies always go last, we basically have a full day before we race, affording us time to hang out, ride some jumps, and go for a swim. Or recover from the previous evening’s festivities. This is when we’re grateful we ride late in the day.
Race Day weather was P-E-R-F-E-C-T. A few shots from the scene at the start gate.
See full race results here. Soft corners, lots of dust, and of course, relentless pedaling made for a very challenging race run! I don’t know that I’ve ever worked so hard for 33 straight minutes, EVER. The course just doesn’t allow letting up.
The after party at 10 Barrel Brewing was a blast! Most of our camp crew cleared out, but Kelly Nokes and I sure had fun that night and the next day. We unintentionally went on an epic ride before leaving town! It was the perfect way to end a super fun weekend in Bend!
Next up: Oregon Super-D Race #3, Oakridge, August 6-7. See Series point totals here.