How does approximately one race-pace hour of insane views, grueling climbs, and screaming fast descents sound? A few words come to mind, including awesome, fun, painful, and crazy, but the one that takes the top spot is bittersweet.
The Oakridge, Oregon Super D (held the first weekend of August, we’re a wee bit behind!) track is all at once the most fun you’ve ever had on your bike during a race and completely masochistic. It turns from permagrin fun one minute to I-need-to-puke-right-now painful the next. With just over a thousand feet of climbing and 4500 feet of descent, this course properly serves it up, with barely a moment to collect yourself for what comes next.
This particular race was more than just a race for Hood River participants. Racers and non-racers alike made the trek to Oakridge to help Mitchell, owner of Dirty Fingers Bicycle Repair in Hood River, celebrate his 40th birthday in style. A whole pig was roasted over a bike-powered spit, a number of kegs and pray tell what other libations were consumed over the course of three days, ice cream was churned by hand — an unbelieveable treat on a hot weekend, and many, many miles of singletrack were ridden in honor of the birthday boy. It was an amazing weekend of camping and biking–the perfect way to spend a birthday!
Our friend Heather definitely won the Best Costume category. Racing sockless in fishnets=hardcore!
The Harlots fared pretty well, all things considered. Steph had a crash near the end but still placed 6th, and I had to take a moment off the bike to vomit (!) during a tough climb, collecting myself enough to come in 5th. We loved the course, despite how difficult it was, and maybe it’s the 20/20 hindsight vision, but I’m looking forward to racing the Alpine trail again next year!