After a full night of rain, Kelso Conservation Area was soaked through. If you have never ridden off road then you are likely unfamiliar with what happens when mountain bike trails get soaked… instead of biking on firm hard packed dirt, its like riding on wet sand… its work, hard work. When it isn’t hard work pedaling, then its hard work balancing as your bike is slipping and sliding through puddles, muddy turns, over wet roots and rocks.
Gabe raced in the first wave that went off @ 9am. His race was the wet-est as the sun still hadn’t broken through the fog and clouds. Shallow puddles and mud pits marked a few corners, and made uphill climbs challenging. Gabe completed his first ever OCup race and his first ever OCup MTB Provincials placing 5th. Nice! Considering Gabe started biking less than a year ago, to accept the challenge of racing at the premier event for MTB in the province took courage. Congrats Gabe.
Serena raced in the second wave that went off @ 10am. Serena in the Cadet Junior Sport girls and had to complete 2 laps of the 6.1km course. Serena placed 2nd in her category. Mark had 2 laps to do of a longer 9.6k course. With a sprint distance triathlon yesterday Mark had his work cut out for him… he finished 12th. Well done to all three of you!