So, for those of our dedicated readers that don't know, I did a high school mountain bike race last season with a team called Oakland Composite under the Team Oakland halo. It was created several years ago by an O'Dowd student named Ryan Potter and is coached by former California state TT champion, Dave Gane.
Anyway, long story short, the team almost didn't happen this year, but boy am I glad it did. Our riders show an intense amount of promise, and we've all come a long way in the past two months.
So, our ride today was in the confines of an hour, which is usually half the time we ride, but our coach's daughter had a soccer game. To make the most of the time we had, I was told that we'd be upping the pace and challenging people on some gruesome local climbs out in the Redwood area.
I was surprised this weekend with my abilities compared to last weekend. In crits, I feel helpless when it comes to surges and when I try to jump my legs fail. But on the trails today, I was off the front and keeping our pace right around 15mph, even on the climbs. When on the road, I feel sluggish and a wee bit hesitant on descents, but today the conditions were just right at the top of our new favorite climb to let loose on the downhill - a dense fog of mist at the the top created some really tacky trails below, and I felt alive on the bike for the first time in ages.
Within the time constraint of an hour, the new recruit on the team (but no novice by any means) and I had taken our "A" group through our normally-planned 16miles. And we wanted more, but the sky finally opened up a bit here in California and gave us a nice cold rain.
Unfortunately, no pictures from the ride today. But, it felt really good, and the Mexican Coke as a treat at the end wasn't too shabby either.
It also feels nice to be back in the ol' SRV kit. Keepin' it alive on the West Coast, yo!
To anyone that reads this blog and is in the area, all riders are welcome on our group ride. We're trying to spread the word about our team so we can gain more legitimacy in the league. We depart from the Grass Valley/Skyline trailhead at 11am on Sundays. Heavy rain cancels.
Thanks for reading, stay tuned for more!
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