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Race Ready

September 14, 2011

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:

Hopefully, last Sunday’s face first dive into a pine tree will make me look more intimidating at the start line on Saturday!

Race info can be found here:

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve permalink
    September 14, 2011 9:41 am

    I’m intimidated!


    • September 14, 2011 9:46 am

      You haven’t heard the intimidating growls I’ve been practicing!


  2. September 14, 2011 9:45 am

    See you on Saturday, Jason. We can compare our face wounds. After spearing my helmet into the turf at Forest Hills Park during cross practice a week ago, I apparently have a new nickname — “Lawn Dart.”

  3. Alex C permalink
    September 14, 2011 12:46 pm

    Woody Woodpecker

  4. Alex C permalink
    September 14, 2011 1:11 pm

    Dendroctonus ponderosae

    • September 14, 2011 1:13 pm

      That’s more like it!

      I think I’ll go by DP for short.

      • Alex C permalink
        September 14, 2011 1:37 pm

        sure thing. it was better and more flattering than sonny bono.

        I still like Woody Woodpecker.

      • September 14, 2011 2:20 pm


  5. Christy Raleigh permalink
    September 14, 2011 1:33 pm

    I could totally use this as your headshot for the conference next week!!!

    • September 14, 2011 2:23 pm

      Sounds good to me, but I’m guessing it’s a little too much on the casual end of the business/casual spectrum.

  6. tnuts permalink
    September 15, 2011 3:37 pm

    Neva take your eye off your opponent. When yo opponent contracts you need a find the way to expand. Don’t let it get in ya way and hit you in da face. Neva take your eye off your opponent. The more you stretch the looser it gets. Foeva

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