Fontana Winter Series #2
There were World Champions all over the place at the second winter series race. Since I haven’t raced on the World Cup circuit, it is really cool when that many Champions show up to ride. The course for the second race was a lot of fun. It was mostly turns, and pedaling. I arrived on Saturday around noon, and skipped the 4X. This gave me all afternoon to ride and check out the course. As I was signing up to race I looked over and saw all three of the Atherton clan waiting to catch the shuttle ride. As I looked around some more I saw Melissa Buhl, Maxine Irving and Leigh Donovan.
I had a great time in practice and just kept pushing up the hill, it meant a lot more time on the course instead of waiting for the shuttle. As I was pushing up for one of many runs, I ended up walking next to Rachel Atherton. She was super cool, and very down to earth. We chatted about lots of random stuff and then surprise, she complimented our Troy Lee Designs race kits. She said that she was actually “jealous” of how cute we looked in the TLD. If that is not the best compliment we could get, I don’t know what would be. I was on cloud nine after that and I want to say thank you again to TLD. I love the race gear and very happy to look so good too!
Sunday morning Christine and I did three practice runs cause we just had so much fun. I watched Gee Atherton race run at the top of the course, he was so smooth, I really enjoyed seeing him race. As I headed down for my race run I was focusing on my turns and keeping speed through the corners. My run was clean and I pedaled the bottom as hard as I could. I crossed the finish line about ready to bust a lung. I knew I was in the mix somewhere and when the times were posted I was very happy to see the third place behind Melissa and Leigh.
(Rachel did not race).
It was a good weekend, I picked up my Cove and it is ready to ride as I write this race report. See ya in two week! Thank you again to all of our sponsors.