The past two weekends of racing have seen the start of the Mid-Atlantic Super series (MASS). I usually try and race the first few races in the series as warm-up/preparation for my bigger target races. With my mountain bike season starting earlier and earlier each year, the MASS races are starting to feel more like mid-season races, as opposed to early season races!
The first weekend I raced at Fair Hill in Maryland. The course is reasonably fast, with lots of tight, twisty and rooty sections to keep in interesting. The exciting thing about the MASS is you never who know who might show up. It turned out we had a very competitive women’s pro/cat 1 race, with some top class female mountain bike and cyclocross racers. I felt pretty strong throughout the race. Selene Yeager stuck with me for the duration of the race, letting me lead all of the single track sections. Only a second separated us in the end, which bodes well for an exciting Transylvania Epic race at the end of May.
The following weekend I raced at Iron Hill in Delaware. We had a terrible amount of rain pass through the east coast last week. The course would likely have been ok, except another thunderstorm hit the area Saturday night, just a few hours before the race started. This meant the course was very, very muddy in spots.
I decided to run the Kenda Kozmik lite in the rear, and a Kenda Klimax up the front. This was a great combination for the mud; I didn’t dab once in the slick corners and was very happy with my technical riding. I was pleased to be able to put down another solid effort and finish 1st. Thanks to Paul Freeman Photography for capturing so many great shots of me racing!
The women’s field at Transylvania is shaping up to be very competitive. I am excited about building towards the race in the next few weeks:
Thanks for reading!