I thought maybe this news is too old to post now, but the Sandy Ridge Super-D and final race of the series was so much fun, I can’t help myself!
The build up to this fourth race was tremendous. Fields were stacked, overall series points were very close in some cases, and as the series prizes were announced, the competitor came out in all of us. I think deep down, each of us wanted to win a new Santa Cruz or Ellsworth bike frame–motivation enough to bring the claws out and fight for it in this last race of the season!
The Sandy Ridge course is different from all others, and in many ways, was a breath of fresh air. No barf-inducing climbs, very few boring flats and NO ROAD riding made this track just plain fun. It is pretty true-to-nature, classic Super-D style: a few short climbs and super fun downhill sections. What I love about this course is that it has a little bit of everything, including jumpy sections with tabletops and little hits, bermy/banky sections, and a few technical rocky/rooty sections to keep you on your toes. Fun, fun, fun!
If you haven’t ridden out at Sandy yet, hop to it! The network is small but well-built. My first run there involved lots of squealing with delight, and more than once, I was reminded of Whistler’s Crank It Up. A new trail called Quid Pro Flow is peppered with a few awesome technical sections, rocky and delightful. It wasn’t part of the course, but a must-ride if you go to Sandy!
Our sponsor, Hermosa Tours, provided shuttles for the race on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Jessica and I drove a lot of shuttles and loaded an insane number of bikes, up until our own race runs. It was a lot of hard work, but so much fun to interact with all of the racers and see so many familiar faces from throughout the season.
The results (Sandy here and Series overall here)say it all — Hood River racers dominated the Super-D series. Such a dedicated group of riders came out for all of the races, and everyone did so well in the series–even with some significant carnage and mechanicals.
I am so proud to be part of such a strong group of women riders, who came out in force from all corners of the Northwest and beyond to race the Super-D series. From the Sturdy Bitch Race team based in Seattle, to the pro women traveling from near and far, all levels of lady rippers showed up, threw down, and made the Super-D series, and my summer, pretty darn amazing.
Ingrid Larouche took the series for the ladies 35+ Category. She’s a shredder, raced her heart out, and deserved to win that Ellsworth frame! Yeah Ingrid!
I already cannot wait for next year’s race season. If it’s even half as fun as this year’s series, I’ll be stoked!
Big, huge thanks going out to all of our sponsors! Dirty Fingers Bicycle Repair, Harlot Clothing Company, Hermosa Tours-Hood River, Five Ten, and Volcanic Bottle Shoppe — you helped make our season even better, hooking us up with all sorts of good stuff. We’re proud to represent!
We’ll be updating the blog throughout the winter, so keep checking back for updates from the Harlots!