June 7, 2009
Janice and I travelled to Virginia for the weekend for the 21st annual Hoo-Ha. The 2-lap race was held on a course that covered 12.5 miles and took approximately an hour and 20 minutes to complete at race pace. The first 50 minutes was a gnarly single track climb with about 30 minutes of ripping sweet downhill. Needless to say, there wasn't a lot of level ground - one of the best race courses on the East Coast!
We arrived at around 4pm on Saturday and started our pre-ride. We reached the peak at around 5pm - right when the Super D was going off. Watching the pros come down through the rockiest section of downhill at race speed was impressive! Shawn Withers looked like he had a nice run going on his singlespeed. After waiting for the 50 or so Super D elite racers to go through we finished our pre-ride and headed for the hotel at the ski resort. The weather was beautiful and the resort is spectacular, definitely a place to go for a long weekend of riding and relaxing.
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Race morning came and we were up late and made it to the venue with about 15 minutes to warm up. The pros went off and then everyone else a minute later. A mass start with everyone going off at once! This made for a very hectic first climb, having to work through a couple hundred riders on a very tough uphill that being in the woods, hadn't had a chance to dry out from the rains earlier in the week. I finally got clear about 3/4ths of the way up the climb. I enjoyed the decent to complete the first lap and then back up for 50 minutes. I finally caught the leader in my age group with about 10 minutes left to the top and had a steady ride down to hang on for the win. Janice ended up finishing 2nd in her catagory after being surprised at the mass start and starting last.
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