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Rim Nordic XC Series

Team Bikeman - Race Reports

A beautiful drive, they call it the "rim of the world." The race was at a small cross country ski place, run by a husband and wife duo, called rim nordic. The start line was at 7000 feet. People said it was only 80 degrees but the noon time sun at elevation in the desert really cooked me.

I wasn't sure about the dust factor off the start line, so I gunned it and lead up the first climb. I let a few guys pass me on the 2nd climb and we settled into our paces. I felt awful, not well rested. Fortunately it was a good course with some great corners and a long downhill. It inspired me a little and I decided that I had to finish no matter how I felt. The climbs out here are brutal, lots of granny gear grinding. This course had really well defined sections. The first half of the course was all climbing, then a fire road plateau, finishing with 20 mins of descending. I felt better on the second and third laps. I started passing guys who had flatted on hardtails. Then on the last descent I started to pass a bunch of guys who had bonked. I realized that we had been out for more than 2 hours. I got more inspired and started to stand on the pedals as I could hear the music and the crowd at the finish line. I crossed the line with a podium finish, 3rd place. The heavy bike and the extra weight of the camelback paid off, I survived the heat and danger of the high desert, I was only mildly dehydrated. It was great to race, I hadn't raced in a month.

Rim Nordic is going to have a few more races to complete their summer series. Check them out at www.rimnordic.com. There's a wierd picture of me on the podium.

Matt Hersey

Photo by: Rim Nordic
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