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Race Spectating

Posted Jul 08 2012 10:36pm
Jeff invited me to watch him race in his first mountain race this weekend. It was a bit early for me, but I made the effort to get out for it. This may be hard to imagine, this was the first time I have ever seen a mountain bike race (not including snowbike racing). I made it over to Lester Park 30 minutes before the 9:30 start time for Jeff's Citizen Class race. Amazing. The race was part of the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series and called the Great Hawk Chase . I was able to watch the race with Boz who was there to watch and take some photos.

Great day to be on a bike.

I rode over on the LHT. I really wanted to take the Ellis, but I was running late and the LHT was ready to go and the Ellis wasn't.

The Great Hawk Chase Mountain Bike Race
Here's Jeff's wave leaving the start line......

The Great Hawk Chase Mountain Bike Race
...and a minute or so later, there goes Jeff. Oops, he missed his wave.

Lester Park
Boz and I hiked up the trails a bit to catch the riders and their return to the start/finish. Nice scenery along the way.

The Great Hawk Chase Mountain Bike Race
This year's race used some of the new single track built last year.

The Great Hawk Chase Mountain Bike Race
The leader.

The Great Hawk Chase Mountain Bike Race
Jeff recovered from his late start with a podium finish of third place in his age group. Way to go Jeff in your first Mtn bike race.

I would have liked to have stayed and watched the Elite racers. But Susan and I had planned to go and do some volunteer work at the Hillside Community Orchard . No pictures from that. Sorry. I was busy pulling weeds. 
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