My trip to the east coast has so far been a wonderful experience when you are on your own like I have been for the last month it really makes things better when you meet really nice people along the way. After the Cohutta 100 I went to Brevard NC where I camped and rode in the Pisca national forest. The weather was fantastic and the riding both mountain and road are some of the best in the country. While I spent my time here I had the opportunity to get to know some of the local riders from Sycamore Cycles in Brevard. Everyone at the shop was very helpful and really cool, they had a very laid back and welcoming atmosphere. I even got a local tour of the trail system from shop owner Wes who put the hammer down on me during his lunch break one day.
Before my next race in Tennessee, the DSG race promoter Clay Higgins called me saying he had a place for me to stay at his parents house, I took him up on the offer and had a great time getting to know Clay’s parents and uncle. It’s no surprise that Clay turned out to be such a great guy after meeting and living with his family for a week, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
The actual race was looking to be a good one after last years mud event everyone was really praying for some good weather. The week leading up to the race had been dry and beautiful leaving the course in perfect condition. As race day approached thundershowers were but every day went by with no rain, it looked like the bike gods were smiling on us. The day of the race started with perfect weather but looked to be really hot and humid. For me, the running start went well and I made it to my bike and took off, jumping out with the group of five or so in the front. Read More