Cross Country
Cow Pie Classique XC - May 25, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexandre Lussier   
Tuesday, 27 May 2008 08:54

Dedicated XC rider Guy MacKenzie passed on the Tour of the Bitterroot to instead participate in the Cow Pie Classique mountain bike race in Billings on Sunday May 25th. A fun but low key event, it’s the first opportunity for XC racing in Montana. The weather was not that good (windy, rainy, and cold).

The first five minutes went at a blistering place with Guy settling in to second place behind a very fast junior racer from Whitehall (Alex), who stayed on Guy’s wheel until the end of the second lap. Guy then let Alex take the lead to see how he was doing. He put in a big effort on a small climb and opened up a gap. This apparently made Guy a little nervous and reckless, causing him to crash and increase his deficit. Nonetheless, he managed to get himself together, put his head down, and by the end of the third lap (in a four lap race) reel Alex back in on a flat and fast section of the course. He stayed on Alex’s wheel for the rest of the final lap and squeaked by him on the closing stages to take 1st place. Nice job Guy!

NOVA National Stage Race: NMBS #2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Curry   
Thursday, 17 April 2008 08:56

Lisa and I decided to get the mountain bike racing season off to an early start this year. We booked our flights in February and started training. It wasn't easy to prepare for a desert mountain bike race in what has been an "old fashioned" Montana winter. Since the trails around Bozeman are covered in many feet of snow, we took road trips to Billings, Pipestone, and Lewis and Clark Caverns to get some trail time. We also endured some miserable "hot rides" where we bundled up and rode the trainer indoors to attempt to acclimate to the anticipated hot conditions.