Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Local xc race has World Cup feel

This weekend in Bend the Cascade Chainbreaker event will be held, as always, on Mother's Day. It's one of two XC mountain bike events held in Bend, OR (both part of the Oregon MTB Series. With the local cycling talent that we have here in Bend, the events are always world class. Names such as Adam Craig, Carl Decker, Chris Sheppard, Evan Plews, Erik Tonkin, Cody Pederson and Ryan Trebon to name a few will line up to see once again who has the bragging rights of pulling out the victory. One name that also need to be included in the mix will be Steve Larsen, yes, the same Steve Larsen that dominated back in the 80-90's. Rumor has it that he is training to compete in the National XTerra Series events this season. The dude is always super fast, as is his older brother Mike.
It's always great to mix it up with the fast XC guys at a local event. Nothing beats rolling out of bed 2 hours before the race and riding to the course to redline the HR for 2.5 hours.
Pre-rode the course this morning with a couple friends, and with all the rain we've gotten the last couple weeks the trails are in great condition. Temps for this weekend look ideal (mid 60's).

Snaking thru the whooop-ti-do section

Mike Larsen leading thru the whoops

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