Helped my riding buddy with the Middle Mountain Mama race at Douthat last week. Turned out to be a nice day, although the humidity felt more like July than early May.
A few pics from my ride – hike into my station.
Some serious Spring Green
Blue Suck Falls
Ferns on Salt Stump
Other trailside pics here
Once at my station at the junction of Salt Stump and Middle Mountain I tried to get pics of all the riders. I was late getting there, so I missed some of the first riders (sorry). I left early, took the short route and you XXC riders still beat me to the top of the mountain. My old camera has a 2 second time lag between when you push the button and it actually snaps the picture, so its kind of like shooting skeet. Not the best quality race pics, but I guess the price is right.
Other race pics here from the XXC race
After all the XXC riders past, my “chore” was to sweep out Middle Mountain north to the Forest Service road. I had forgotten how nice that is, even when you hit “The Wall”, maybe one of the tightest stretches of goat track around.
Some trailside ingenuity kept this guy rolling
For you folks that placed, heres some of the podium pics
I think Jeremy Bishop set a new course record of under 2 hours for 21 tough miles.
The folks from East Coasters cooked up some mean burgers and provided some crucial volunteering for this race.
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