Back Alley Bikes will be closed this Saturday, Sept. 17th, for the 4th annual Tarwheel mountain bike race here in Chapel Hill. This is the final race in the four race summer XC series. I hope to redeem my sub-mediocre performances in the previous three races by exploiting the homefield advantage.
While most of the trails in the Triangle feature very little elevation change and few obstacles, the Carolina North Forest trails are littered with rocks, roots, and downed trees at painfully awkward junctions. For riders unfamiliar with the terrain, it can be a painful experience. And, while the experienced rider can learn ways to coax more speed out of these challenging trails, there are always opportunities for riders to be humbled when they let their guard down:
Race info can be found here: http://trianglemtb.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=24930.0