Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Mountain States Cup # 3 - Angel Fire, NM Pictures

We're finally getting unpacked & rested from the weekend, this one always gets me. There's simply too much bike riding & driving to be done in the extended weekend. I always get back in the middle of the night and am off to a super busy & shortened work week. It was good to finally get past winter weather conditions & kick of the MSC the way it should be, with plenty of endurance & gravity events to go around...not to mention the trail riding available...what a place! Whew, I gotta get back after it but wanted to share as much of the weekend as I have on my camera. I'm sure the return of Photo Eddie to the fold will yield some quality shots as well; I only stole 3 from his arsenal so far.
I know it's the new header but...damn Eddie takes a fine photo. Jen Tilley heads into a loose left hander in the Short Track.
Dellys Starr & her pretty Australian National Champ paint job joined us again, welcome back!
Speaking of welcome back...Dell & Chelsea get chummy before the SS XC. Chelsea is returning from a bad case of bathtub iron lung (not exactly)...good to see you girl!
The SS men take off...yep that's the only gear you have for the next 2100 ft(per lap) of volcanic rock & mud climbing...better stand up & settle in.
Robin gettin' in the pain cave headed back up for the 2nd lap.
Yep, 1 to go.
I felt good & the bike felt great. DPA/Spot Brand went 1st & 2nd in the SS XC.
The CDS system worked well as the rain fell & conditions became rocky, rooty & greasy at the upper elevations of the course.

OMV flexed his muscles easily winning the Cat 1 15-19 STXC on his new Spot Brand Longboard 9.
A great Photo Eddie shot of OMV off on his second lap. He had a good lead before he had some tubeless tire issues & his buddy Brae (Congrats on graduating)caught him for the win. Mike will catch some luck sometime soon after a rough first couple of rounds. He did still hang on for second despite having to stop multiple times.
Our girl Jen Gersbach finishes the Pro Women's XC in fourth against a stacked field. Girl is getting her form back...better watch her as the season progresses.
Dell stands as she begins lap 2...One to Go..One To Go..ONE TO GO!
Aahh the racing is done, time for food, beer & staying young. A big shout out to Rich who had a big weekend...his first race & he popped the big question to his new wife to be. CONGRATS GUYS!
A (too)big group hit the South Boundry trail Monday for an epic day that saw rain, hail, snow & sunshine. It looks like fun & games here, not too many pictures from the 2nd half of the ride though.
Yep, this is one of the last ones...taking cover from the hail.

Thanks for another fun trip to Angel Fire, NM & MSC #3. Keep an eye on Photo Eddie for more.

Thanks to these folks for keeping us rolling:
Dale's Pale Ale
Spot Brand Bikes
Carbon Drive Systems
Kenda Tires
Chris King
Mountain Flyer Magazine
MTB

2 comments:

Jim said...

Hi,

A race report and photos can be found at Mountain Flyer magazine and more photos can be found at James Rickman Photography. Thanks for checking it out!

--Jim

Jane said...

Hi Mells,
My name is Jane and I'm with Dwellable.
I was looking for blogs about Angel Fire to share on our site and I came across your post...If you're open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
Hope to hear from you soon!
Jane