A big congrats to all the participants of the 2011 Southridge Winter Series! Five races total for the series that spanned from January through to March. The last race of the series was last Sunday March 6th. Way to go Path team!
Southridge Winter Series 2011 Overall Standings
Team Matias from ChileThe Path Bike Shop is represented all the way in Chile!
Team Matias members:
These guys have been longtime customers of The Path Bike Shop, and now they're sponsored riders. Major riding talent in this crew. They took part in the Valparaiso Cerro Abajo Race this past February, with such elite world-class riders as Cedric Gracia, Filip Polc, and Christopher Van Dine.
by Carla Bray, staff member at The Path Bike Shop
Representing The Path Bike Shop at Woodward West: Carla, Mark, & Eric. Photo: Six3Events, Mike Lord
Eric and I were unable to practice the course the Saturday before, so we were there first thing in the morning on Sunday to run the course. Mark had gone to practice on Sunday, so he guided us through the course for our first run. The dirt was perfect; it had snowed a few days before the weekend, so the melted snow had soaked in and made the dirt nice and tacky. There was some mud in a few low spots, but otherwise it was completely "hero dirt" throughout the entire course. Weather was great with temps in the low 70s.
Mark was racing in the Expert Men class, Eric was in the Sport Men class, and I was racing in the Sport Women class.
Race report by Leslie Williams, The Path Bike Shop race team member
Last year at this time, I was much larger, watching Erik come in from the Counting Coup, with baby due in just a few weeks. Since then, I have replaced long endurance miles with long endurance night feedings, and the only intervals I have done have been up the stairs for diaper
Two weeks ago, however, someone wanted to sell their spot in the Coup, so I tentatively took it. I miss the long hours in the dirt. What I don’t miss, as I was reminded of this morning, is getting up at 3:45 am. So two weeks ago, my training began with Blackstar to the Motorway. Then the following weekend I added the paved part of Maple. Perfect.
“This all seemed like a good idea back in January.”
That’s all I could think as the eternity of push climbing and small-ring suffering on Los Pinos trail conspired to wholly crush my spirit for racing in such brutal and unforgiving terrain. But what else should I have expected from our friends at the Laguna Rads?
This had all started more than four hours earlier at the National Forest parking area at the Upper San Juan Loop trailhead. Race Director DW began the day by offering the route (Upper San Juan Loop, Chiquito, Blue Jay, The Wall, Bell Ridge, Yeager Mesa, Trabuco, Los Pinos, San Juan, Chiquito). His speech included the notion that we couldn’t cheat by riding down the easy way to hit Chiquito. Instead, he said, we would drop out of the back side of the lot “into the steep, rocky shit and that after that all the shortcuts were fair game.” And with those gloriously sincere and informal words he began to pedal. Apparently, it was on.