The first season of Mountain bike racing comes to a victorious close! October 13th was a chilly 18 degrees when we pulled into Burke at 8am for the first Enduro in Vermont. The event was fun, beautiful and attracted a great group of riders. Winning the pro class was tough with local rider Lilias Ide on my heals! October 19th was a beautiful day at Highlands Mountain bike park, despite the inch of rain that fell the day before. A crazy crash the first 15 seconds into the OverMountain Enduro didn't slow me down too much and I took a second to Dawn Bourque (the local legend.) Within the Enduro was a climbing race back to the top of the park, in which the Morewood and I crushed the field by over 5 minutes! The next day was the Battle of Hellion a 5x DH race for the Pro Women. Despite being exhausted I came out of the start behind Joanna Petterson, who slipped a pedal on the first jump giving me the lead, which I took to the finish! What a stellar weekend of racing and momentum for 2013 season! Now time to fix that broken arm, ORIF scheduled for next month with skihabing for the recovery :-)
My first DH race started out at the SeaOtter in April, and after smoking the other Cat 1 women my status moved to the PRO field. I went to Mountain Creek with great expectations, and was really enjoying the course, however and off the course accident left me with fractured radius bones (yep, both arms!) Despite one fracture not healing I was motivated to continue riding. My first ESC DH left me on top of the podium despite the deluge the night before. The next DH race would have been the same, had it not been a high speed crash that left my shifter cable dangling and the bars bent. All in all it was a season of leaning and experience for a novice racer. Huge thanks to Fiveten for the support and sweet shoes!