Event: BikeNXS' Summer Sizzler
It's been almost a good 3 months since Iceman's last event, Gnarly Charly last April. I wonder what he's been up to. Anywayz, it was good
seeing Iceman again.
|The summer sizzler turned out to be a little cooler than last year but the trails definitely provided some hot rocky sections that challenged all participants.
Many eastern riders that were used to Durham Forest, Dagmar and Ganarska were provided with a real technical treat. Riders had to raise their riding skills to tackle the limestone rocks of Hilton Falls.
It was a great summer day for our second summer sizzler.
A nice touch was the addition of the 2 wooden bridges. Missing the first one would have meant a 2-ft drop into the river. The shorter 2nd bridge had a dip in the middle which made for an interesting crossing. There was no water to fall into on this one...not sure if you land on rocks or ground though. But it was a good diversion from the rocks.
...just showing off
I thought I was toast after the first lap (12k) but I felt much stronger and faster on the 2nd lap. I even managed to ride over more rocky sections. I guess familiarity has its benefits...that, or maybe I was just showing off to a Fly Gurl who was gaining fast on me. She eventually passed me which was a good thing since I managed to study how she picked her lines over the rocks. It's also good because a slightly faster rider pushes you to keep a stronger pace.
Every trail system has its own personality just like every bike having its unique characteristic. Hardwood Hills reminds me of steep brutal hills, Mansfield is sweet winding singletracks, Kelso has the funnest downhill run, the Snakes and Ladders, Durham Forest has a good mix of roller coaster single track and drop-offs. Hilton Falls? Without a doubt this trail is all about rocks.
Having finished this course, I feel that I've kicked up my riding skill another notch....BAM!!!
See you all at the Durham Durango!!!
David Joudrey (July 14, 2003)
I finally broke that top ten that I was looking for (the fast guys must have stayed home, he he he). I didn't stick around after since my face and neck were hurting pretty badly from a "face plant into a rock" (I have a lovely green and purple cheek and eye now).