May is for mountain bike racing.
There’s a race every weekend this month. I missed Middle Mountain Momma due to soccer commitments with the girls, but I could hit one a week for the next four weeks.
May 9: RunRideRace’s Camp Hilbert #2
May 16: SportsBackers Urban Assault
May 23: Devil’s Backbone Challenge
May 31: The Shootout at Angler’s Ridge
Camp Hilbert, west of Richmond, is a longtime favorite race venue where the only three wins of my short mountain bike career came as a sport vet. The course is forgiving enough that I can make up for my technical shortcomings.
The Urban Assault takes place on the James River trail system in downtown Richmond. This remarkable assembly of technical trails in the heart of the city hosts the annual Xterra eastern championship and was the scene of the duathlon national championship meltdown two weeks ago.
If I can make it, Devil’s Backbone should seriously test me since it’s at Wintergreen and will no doubt feature a monster climb. Looking forward to beers at the brewery after the race too. Liz describes the course (with a few photos) on her blog.
The Shootout near Danville though sounds the most intimidating. The expert class will do 34 miles with about 3,000 feet of climbing – about half an Ironcross, but mostly single-track, no roads. Ouch. It’s cool though because it will draw a lot of racers from North Carolina as well as Virginia.
Should be a great May playing in the dirt.