Friends of Tamarancho

Maureen recently raced at the local Friends of Tamarancho race where she came in 2nd for prowomen. Here is her report:

A fun local race in Fairfax, Friends of Tamarancho is always a fun time. The weather was a stark contrast from last weekend’s summer swelter at Firestone. There was a cool breeze and almost chilly temps at the race start, perfect for racing! The course has some tough climbing, technical descending, and lots of trees. We did 3 laps of the 6-mile course. I tried to hang with Rachel Lloyd, but she was so blazing fast, I didn’t see her after the starting line. I ended up a solid 2nd in the Pro/Expert Women’s field. It was fun meeting some Marin locals and hanging out with friends. (Special thanks to Jacob SB for the picture above from the Firestone NMBS and for the images of Mo in the previous post)

Around that same time, Tsering and I took a much-needed break from studying and made a trip to Santa Cruz for some awesome single track riding! We were joined by Tsering’s brother Themba who borrowed my beautiful custom Ahrens bike. It was a little too small for him, but he totally pulled off, like a dress in a cyclocross race ;). We did several runs of the sweet single track descents above the UCSC campus which included several trips down the teter-toter. The riding in Santa Cruz always reminds me of why I love mountain biking! -Emma