Schweitzer MTB race
frgkng at u.washington.edu
Wed Aug 21 14:47:42 PDT 1996
This last weekend three Huskies made the trek to Schweitzer Idaho
in search of MTB glory. The weather on race day was a comfortable 73
degrees and the trail was very dry. The course wound its way up and down
ski slopes and along fire roads. Each lap consisted of 700 feet of
elevation gain and 5.1 miles of dusty, rocky trail.
Jesiah Bell, Dan Robinson and I signed up for the beginner race,
two laps of dusty fun. There were 21 people in our age group, 19
finished. The race was incredibly dusty, you often couldn't see the
trial in front of you. The dust made breathing difficult. Both Jesiah
and Dan flatted on the final lap. Dan was close enough to the finish that
he kept riding and was barely outsprinted for 7th place. Jesiah had to
stop to fix his flat which took a chunk of time. I've recently been
diagnosed with training induced asthma and the dust wiped me out of
the race. Dan finished 8th, Jesiah finished 17th, and I finished 16th.
After the race Dan won a set of machine-tech brakes. We stuck
around to win random prizes like Dan, but it wasn't to be. After everyone
had gone home Jesiah went to ask if there were any prizes left over,
since we had waited four+ hours the promoters set us up with some free
That's about it. Thanks to Dan's family for putting up with us
for the weekend.
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