Southridge Challenge Nov 2009 Winter Series and Triple Crown Finale

29er Events Mountain Biking Single speed Team MtnBikeRiders.com

One week ago our MtnBikeRiders.com Team finished the SRC winter series and Triple Crown at Southridge.

I signed up for the Single Speed 34 and under XC race. At the start of the race I was the only one in my class, so I was convinced that the Single Speeds would be grouped together. In my head I was racing the 35 and up class as well, this power house named Robur (35 years +) was in attendance, he is a killer on the climbs and down hills. I have chased him and his carbon SS before in the Triple Crown series.

The race starts and I leading the pack though the course, I keeping telling myself to relax and keep the tires on the ground. Half way up the water tower road Robur takes the lead, I try to stay with him as we are passing other riders on the single track. I saw an opportunity to take the lead spot back on a tough uphill section, I charged and passed Robur on his right. Robur did not let up, he passed me about a mile later. I caught up to Robur on the flat section of  the course and started cranking as fast as I could, I peaked at 25 mph on 32 x 20 gearing too fast for Robur’s gearing, that was the near the end of the first lap of three. Race day I weighed 245 pounds, in the end the gear choice was key. It was not too hard to lug uphill and I could ring it out on the flat sections of Fontana.  After almost 13 miles of pushing my legs and the Redline MonoCog 29er to the limit, I came across the Finish Line first with Robur only 9 seconds behind Wow!

1
Eric
Hunner
ZH
235
S-S Men 34 & Under
01:08:27.00
1
Robur
Rodgers
ZI
804
Single-Speed Men 35+
01:08:36.00
2
Mark
Mumea
ZI
15
Single-Speed Men 35+
01:12:31.00
3
Rick
Lane
ZI
220
Single-Speed Men 35+
01:23:15.00

Click here for SRC’s home page if you want to get into racing http://www.southridgeusa.com/

and SC Velo’s site http://scvelo.com/component/content/article/90/103-2009-incycle-cross-country-challenge

Eric3

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