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Bradbury Mountain Challenge

Team Bikeman - Race Reports

Although I had ridden at Bradbury a few times, I really had no idea what to expect from the race. We took off fast from the start, and I found myself in second position, charging madly through the double track beginning section. As we plunged into the first twisty single-track, I quickly realized that I probably should have gotten out into the woods a bit more this season. My fitness from the road was much greater than my off-road technical prowess. After a few minor falls and one slo-mo endo into a brook, I finally settled into a comfortable rhythm. However, I also realized that I had underestimated the comparitive difficulty between 11 miles off road and 11 miles on the road. By the time I pushed my bike to the top of the mountain for the second time, I would have sold my soul for a little packet of Hammergel. I managed to hang on for a respectable 2nd place in my age group. Another roadie lured to the knobby side!

David Pietrowski
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