2007 Season Wrap-Up

Balancing mountain bike racing with a full-time career as students at UC Berkeley can be really hectic. Hence why our lovely blog often gets neglected. But 2007 was full of amazing moments, so we feel the need to summarize the rest of our season briefly here:
Deer Valley, UT NMBS
Crazy weekend coincided with my sister’s college graduation, but we made it happen. Such an awesome, brutal course! The race in Utah was one of the best courses we saw all season- great singletrack climbs, descents, and sweeping views. The altitude made the experience pretty nasty for Tsering and I, but we hope to return next year. The best part of the race was the journey there and back in the super dope Vanderkitten seXTerra which Dave kindly lent us for the epic drive.
Return on the Jedi, Grants Pass, OR
This July we spent a great weekend up in Grants Pass, Oregon at Return on the Jedi, chilling around the campfire with Mark Weir and Jason Moeschler and loving the race course. Return on the Jedi is possibly the most awesome, epic XC mountain bike race out there! Return has it all- brutally long fire road climbs, ripping twisty singletrack through the woods, rocky cliff side descents, singletrack climbs, creek crossings, and whatever else you can dream up. The course is 30+ miles, out and back, making it a epic race for all. Unfortunately, I missed a turn and got lost, very lost. I descended into infinity down a fire road until it dead-ended, then biked/ hiked my way up, completely losing the rest of the race- OTB in a big way. With 6 miles to go, I found another expert who got lost (a masters male). We kept each other company on the long climb home and took turns fixing his chain. Tsering, on the other hand, had his best race of the season! He stayed steady throughout the race and ended up battling it out with a sprint finish against pro racer and friend Aren Timmel. Aren took the sprint, but it was a hard fought battle and Tsering came in 4th overall, 1st for Semi Pro!
Bigfoot Classic, Arcata CA
The Bigfoot Classic held on timber land off highway 299 in Northern Humboldt is always one of my season favorites. Sadly, 2007 will be the last time racing on this course as we know it as the timber company is logging away parts of the course. Team Lost Coast represented on our home turf for 2007 though. I was the only woman at the race doing the full 2 laps, but I made it my goal to not finish last (a.k.a. to beat some boys). My plan worked out! Not only did I beat a few guys, I was able to keep up with my old high school mountain bike team “coach” and riding buddy Tyce on the descents. I even passed him on the fire road climb as he finished his race. It was a breakthrough moment for me as I have always been a more timid descender. Tsering had some misfortune with his bike which forced him to finish the climbing-intensive race using only his big ring. Ouch!
Reggae Riding Mountain Bike Festival, Garberville CA
Team Lost Coast Brewery put on an awesome mountain bike race/ festival this August which included a long-track style XC race in our local community park, rider clinics, kid’s races, a wheelie and track stand competition, delicious BBQ, Lost Coast rootbeer floats, booths, and live music! NPK, Rootstock and Prezident Brown performed into the evening. Everyone had an awesome time, especially the kids who all got prizes for participating. Reggae Riding was great community event and we hope to make it happen again in ’08. More info here: http://reggaeriding.blogspot.com/
NMBS Finals in Snowmass, CO
Team Lost Coast Brewery made our last epic journey of the season all the way to Colorado in August. The long drive had a traumatic start when my beautiful custom Ahrens bike flew off our roof rack as we merged onto the highway. Luckily, all that was damaged was the rear wheel and we were able to continue on our epic journey without much hassle. The Snowmass course was crazy. There was an epic amount of climbing and technical descending, pretty much no rest the whole course- either grunting up a hill or tearing down the other side. This made for some great racing and Tsering and I suffered it out at altitude once more to finish off the season. I didn’t place as high as I would’ve liked to in the actual race after I had a double-cramp in my quads on the last lap, but I managed to stay ahead of Vanessa from Kenda-Backbone who I’ve been back and forth with in races all year. This helped my overall standings and bumped me up into 3rd place overall for the NMBS races for expert women 19-29! I was pretty stoked about this achievement and it felt good to stand on the podium with Joy and Rene, who kicked major ass all season and will be racing pro in 2008 to free up some room for other girls to lay the smack down. I also ended up 6th overall for the Super D series for Open Women. Maybe next year I should consider doing more SuperD races, they can be pretty sweet. Tsering came in 25th overall for Semipro men in the NMBS series for XC racing. It was a season of learning for the both of us and a huge accomplishment to just be at those big races. To celebrate the end of the NMBS series, we hooked up with Lyle who races for Helens and made an appearance at the 80’s themed margarita party in Snowmass Village. Cheers to a great season!