the weekend of september 12-13 saw the conclusion of the 2010 racing season for most competitiors. the Breckenridge Fall Classic has for many years heralded the finale of the Colorado mountian bike racing season (from waaay back in the olden days of the Colorado Offroad Points Series), deciding season's end rankings, boasting rights, and determining which racers will be graduating on to the higher categories- lest they forever be deemed and branded as... "sandbaggers".
representing for the western slope powerhouse of LiveTrainRace.com, Jen is racing her first year as a cat. 2, and already adding to her palmares.
she definitely needs some more racing experience to be able to better conquer the unbridled pre-race "nervous Nellies" a bit, but one thing at a time.
that's why the racers bring their soigneurs along, anyway. or is it the other way round? hmm
some nice single track and fall colors make for a postcard image of the circuit race.
the other sections of trail that were covered deeply in wood chips made for some leg-sapping, power-robbing sufferin'.
the circuit race was held at the traditional venue of the Breckenridge Nordic Center, although the parcours is somewhat different (and i say perhaps not quite as exciting) than the layout of years gone by.
the early-starting categories, such as Jen's cat. 2 women's bunch, certainly felt the pinch of the cold autumn morning- something which has not changed one bit since back in the day.
anyone out there ever race one of Breck's infamous "snow years"?
Jen rails the downhill at warp speed approaching the finish of the cross country.
consistency paid off with a 2nd place finish in women's cat. 2 for the Breckenridge Fall Classic stage race... and a solid 3rd overall for the entire MSC series as an additional bonus.
chapeau, Jen, and to the entire LiveTrainRace.com team as well.
please visit their blog to see more great images and another in-depth race report and season wrap-up.
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