Race report by Blake Wray, Jr. racer and member of The Path Bike Shop Race Team.
Coming into this weekend I was a little nervous because I broke my arm a couple of weeks prior. During the 6-week period of having to stay off the bike, I was anxious to see if I had lost any bike handling skills that I would have to work up to. It was my first big weekend of racing! Saturday was the SoCal Enduro and Sunday was the Kenda Cup cross country.
Saturday was super exiting and fun! The courses were fast but also had some fast sections. All 4 of my runs were safe, but some felt faster than others. The first 3 stages were my strongest stages while in Stage 4 I had a couple of mistakes. They weren't bad mistakes but they cost me about 3 seconds. Stage 3 was my favorite because it had both the fast and technical parts in the trail. The day was successful and I came out with a 2nd place in a field of 18 racers in the 12-17 age class.
The weather held up for Saturday nicely but Sunday was a different story. During my cross country race it rained......the whole time! Right when I started the race, the dirt was prime! As the race progressed, I was sitting in 3rd place and pushing hard to catch up to 2nd. The second lap was crazy! The bike was sliding all around the trail and things were getting tough. I tried to find a good pace to settle into to finish the race. It soon ended and I ended up getting 3rd out of 8 racers.
My Marin Mount Vision held up very strong and I also got a lot of compliments on it. It certainly helped me a lot in the race and I had no mechanical problems. Thanks to The Path Bike Shop and sponsors Race Face, Speed Tuned Wheels, CrankBrothers, Kenda Tires, IXS Sports, and Ride 100%. Thanks also to Marin Bikes for letting me experience this bike and what it can do!