For the past 3 years I have competed in one of the most amazing race events in America, the one and only Downieville Classic! I fell in love with this event the very first time I competed in it. The Downieville Classic has so much to offer: the two sweet races, the cool activities, the awesome people, and the amazing feeling of being on the podium.
There two things that make Downieville so cool, the Race, and the Event
Race: The Dowineville Classic consists of 2 ultra-fun and extraordinary challenging races, the XC, and the DH. This is my 2nd year of competing in both of these races, and I felt I had a good chance of winning the Junior Expert Under 18 All Mountain “World Championship” Title! My XC Race started at 9:35 Saturday morning. In the first leg of the 29 mile XC race, I had to suffer my butt off up an 8 mile,3,000ft climb! I was the 3rd junior racer to reach to Packer Saddle summit this year, just 2 minutes behind the leader Dylan Fryer. Eager to close the gap I hammered the first section of trail. Once I hit the road I saw Dylan walking backwards up the course because of a race ending crash. Knowing that the next racer was close I pushed myself even harder and caught up to the new leader Tate! Tate and I battled back and forth for the remaining 15 miles of the race. I attacked on the descents, and Tate pushed me on all of the climbs. We battled with each other for what seemed like ages. Until the last 2 miles of the race, where Tate was finally was able to gap me out! “Noooo”, I thought as I saw him slowly pull away! I gave everything I had trying to catch him but in the end he beat me by 18 seconds! I ended up taking 2nd in the XC, and led the All Mountain (AM) competition going into Sunday’s DH Race! “YES!!!”
At 12:15 I lined up for my 12:24 start. I was the last junior to start, and I watched as my fellow competitors started in 30 second intervals. At 12:23 I move up to the start line as the racer in front of me didn’t show up for their start. GO! I took off at full speed and charged down the course! As I sped down the course, I thought to myself I’m feeling pretty good! It must have been true because within 5 minutes I had caught my first age group race opponent! I quickly caught another one of my competitors as I pedaled with even more drive! Throughout the rest of the race I kept passing racers and crossed the finish line feeling confident that I took the win! After anxiously waiting for 45 minutes the results were posted and I came in second 2 seconds off of first! Dang it!!! That was a disappointment! But, even though I was second in the DH battle, I won the war, and was able to claim The Junior Expert U18 Downieville Classic All Mountain “World Championship” Title!
Event: The bike racing was amazing, but The Downieville Classic Festival was an equally awesome time! After each day’s race at The Downieville Classic, I wandered the venue that contained bike and component company Booths. I also ran into pro racers like: Carl Decker, Adam Craig and Kelli Emmit. When I became hot I took a trip down to the refreshing Yuba River. While down at the river I relaxed on a tube, walked the slack line and watched the Shimano cast off contest (where competitors try to get a weight into a floating 2×2 square where whoever gets it in the most wins!) I also watched the river jump where competitors ride off a ramp jump into the river. The best trick wins! Finally I played king of the floating box with a bunch of kids, which is just a cooler, more fun version of king of the hill! It was a hard game because getting pushed in the freezing water all the time was not desirable! After I finished hanging out at the River I headed up to the awards area to jump up on the podium with my awesome competitors !
The Downieville Classic Race and Festival was awesome! I had an great time hanging out in the cool town of Downieville, talking to and hanging out with some cool people. I will always remember how I claimed my first Downieville Classic All Mountain “World Championship” Title!