Saturday was a busy day in the Sauratown Mountains, in addition to our event there was the venerable 3 Mountain Madness traversing all the high roads of the area, a Marine Mud Run, a Poker Run on the Dan River and generally folks out for a good time all over the place. All this activity kept our attendance to a (thankfully) manageable level, as we really needed to get our race administration down before we a ready for a big turnout.
Sport and Jr's were in for 2 laps, Experts and SS's 3 laps of the complete South Side Trails. After a brief rider's meeting we were ready to roll by 10:15. The groups went out from the newly shorn starting area in two bunches 1 minute apart to insure for some great spectating and folks were not dissapointed.
Several of the Elite leaders were putting in consistent sub :30 minute laps and the Sport leaders just over :30 min per lap. After overnight showers, the trails were in great shape, fast and grippy.
Eric and Betthney O'Connell did take out the wins in the Sport Categories. These folks have 'Honorary Local' status due to their frequent trips to MST and their vocal and enthusiastic support for what we do.
After the racing, we celebrated with free beer (!) from Foothills Brewery. Yay!
It was a great day to hang around under the giant oak tree, sipping beer with friends old and new.
Prizes were handed out to the delight of all. Winners received great components from Cane Creek (including their awesome 110 headset), and from local bike shops (thanks to Clemmon's Bike, Cycletherapy and MOB). Junior Racers received gift bags and gift certificates from Great Outdoor Provisions in W-S. Krankies Coffee rounded out the prizes for the podium and provided some super tasty treats to our raffle winners. Forsyth Medical Orthopedic Center was on hand with free training advice and wellness screenings, you'll see more of them in our upcoming events.
Thanks to all the racers who made the trip to MST and spent their day with us. We love to have you here. Now come out for a Trail Build! :-)
Most of all a big thanks to all who worked so hard to make this event happen, MST has the greatest volunteers and supporters I have ever encountered.
Stay tuned for our upcoming events, especially our big Fall event - The MST 6 Hour on Oct 6!
|Photo Credits: Johannah Stern, Petr Masny, Shelley Carter, Barry Stevenson|