Yeah, We MTB Too! AFC Sugar Hill Patapsco XC Race Report

21 03 2012

Jed Prentice and Jeff Chun started the MTB racing season on St. Patricks Day at the Adventures for the Cure Sugar Hill XC, held on the trails in the Avalon Area of Patapsco Valley State Park. The weather was awesome and the trails were dry and fast, but not too loose or dusty; near-perfect conditions. The course started on pavement near the Avalon pavilions and quickly headed up the “waterbar climb”. This was followed by 3 laps of a circuit loaded with punchy climbs, many of which are quite steep, without many opportunities for recovery, before descending back down the waterbars to the road and finish back at the pavilions for a total distance of 23.1 miles. The field was pretty big for the Expert race, with close to 50 guys all ready to show how hard they have been working all winter.

Expectations were low, as both Jed and Jeff are looking for peak form later in the season but neither could resist the “Baltimore Worlds.” The Baltimore strong men (including winner Chris Beck) were primed to make it hard… and they did. Positioning proved critical on the opening climb as the trail was packed with guys riding 2 and 3 wide. Jed missed the move and was gapped by the leaders. After chasing in vain for the first lap, he settled into a good groove for the second lap. Jed was able to bring back a few guys on the last lap to snag a spot in the top-10 to overcome the mediocre start and finish 9th. Jeff rolled in a few minutes later for 24th.

Thanks to the AFC guys for putting on a great race. Besides the racing, there was a beer garden and a variety of homemade edible goodies, face painting for the kids, free snow cones, etc., providing fun for the entire family.

Jed and Jeff are grateful for the generous support of the team’s sponsors: Bike Doctor, DigiSource Discovery Solutions, Elite Endurance Training Systems, Cannondale and CycleOps Power.

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