This year the Yackle Brothers Racing Team has done 20 races so far out of our planned 35. For the first time in our career we did a couple of Road Races, Time Trials, Criteriums and 3 Endurance Races. Our 2011 daily training and 22 race schedule gave us confidence that we would be able to attempt to compete in a longer race, so this year we did 3 endurace races that were 35, 30 and 22 miles long. We had placings as high as 1st and 2nd and didn’t place below 7th. Jake is looking on track to win both the Category 2 NMOR Series and Category 3 MSC Series. This season Jake has pushed himself into a higher level of competion and the last 2 races show what level of competion he’s sucessful against.
Two weeks ago we went to the Ute Valley Pro XCT in Colorado Springs expecting to find great 14 and under Junior competion for Jake. In the morning of the race we found out there wasn’t going to be the case for Jake. Following this season’s goal of seeking higher levels of competion Jake upgraded to Cat 2 15-18 yr old, finishing 5th just loosing 4th on a sprint to the line. Jake had the 8th fastest time in 29 and under. Also, the winning Pro men had lap times of 15.5 to 16 miniutes and Jake’s lap time was 18 miniutes on the 4.5 mile course.
In the past 2 seasons Crested Butte’s Wildflower Rush has brought out the best 14 and under Juniors in the region. There have been 25-30 juniors in Jakes class. They come from Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Durango, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. A quarter mile after the start of the race and a 100 feet up the start climb Jake had already dropped everyone. At this gathering of the region’s best 14 and under Juniors, Jake proved he was a class better. Jake took home 1st place in Cat 3 14 and under and was 1st overall in Cat 3.
The last 2 races confirm, that races like the 2012, 30 mile Whiskey Off Road where Jake placed 5th in the Cat 3 Juniors 18 and under (and 22nd out of 700 racers) prove that Jake is the real deal! Race after race this season Jake has preformed against higher levels of competion and he has proven he can be competive for the top spot on the Podium!.