The Nevada City Dirt Classic #2 was really fun, the course was awesome (and especially dusty) and so was the race! Not only did I win the Cat1 juniors 15-18 age group I also had my first ever Pro Cat 1 overall victory and post the fastest time on the course!
When we lined up at the start line I was anxious for the race to start because I had been listenng to the announcer talk about how the course had a half pipe descent and a technical root descent, I was ready to race. The race went great. I took the hole shot and stayed there for the 1st mile and I was third (behind 2 adults) at 4 mile mark at the start of the 1st climb only 150 ft behind. By the time we started the second lap I was in the lead with a 17 yr old junior on my wheel. Halfway into the third lap I attacked my competitor and he couldn’t respond so I raced to the finish knowing this would be my first Pro Cat 1 victory! After the race it turned out that I gained nearly 2:20 minutes on second place in less than half a lap. When the announcer called me onto the podium it felt great knowing how I did especially when the announcer noted that I had the fastest lap time of the day!
Even though it was just a local Californian’s XC MTB race, I know that this is a significant moment in my race career, one that I will always remember and one that I have often dreamed about. It’s great to know that I still feel as if I am getting much faster and becoming more in tune with my body, and my bike. I can’t wait until I’m up there with the best and win a REAL Pro race!