Beech Mountain, NC September 22-25 some 500 downhill mountain bikers assembled on our home town mountain last weekend for the USA Cycling 2011 Mountain Bike Gravity National Championships
The events, although late in the year, would crown national champions in many devissions. Professional, Age Graders, Genders, and kids.
DeFeet gave winners some cool "All Mountain" socks as prizes.
The trails were soaking wet and looked quite ominus. The supporting crowd was haveing just as much fun as the riders.
The new bike chairlifts were a great addition, as last year I was told the chairlift guys were having to lift and load the bikes into the regular chairlifts. The new ones are simple roll ins. I did hike up the ski slope and it was quite a good work-out. There were many good viewing spots along the trail, but the best was the rock garden.
The Duel Slolam was just outside our back door. Man were these folks ever catching air! The rumor is Beech Mountain will be keeping our new trails open. I do know these folks will be back next year, as the Nationals signed a 2 year contract.
The best part about this great race was the new friendships that we find. My last interview was with two wonderful kids, Sophia and Joey Foresta. Sophia was racing in the Cat 1-2-3 race at age 12. She was the 5th fastest qualifier for the downhill and ended up getting 8th! Boy oh boy does she ever have a bright future.
Her little brother Joey was standing there beaming with pride, I asked him how he liked the race. "the mud was like peanut butter" was my favorite line from Joey.
Joey won the JR race in both the Duel Slolam and the Downhill. They traveled from South UT to come and race...and yes their proud mom and dad were having fun too. Family time!
See you Gravity Goonies next year.