14 May 2012 - 7:48Flower Power Race Report
No, not me, this guy:
K-Dog decided he wanted to do his first race ever this weekend at Catamount. It was the annual season opener, the Flower Power race, which Bike29 has sponsored in years past. He lined up with about 8-10 other kids, also racing the cadet 1/2 lap category. At go time, he didn’t get the holeshot, but he powered his way past the bigger kids, and showed his strength climbing the first steepish grade to make second place.
He did a good job of following the course, even making the Cadet Cutoff, made famous by Bob Parker (inside joke). After that, the kids disappeared into the woods, leaving us parents wondering how they were doing. After a little bit, the lead kid came trucking out of the woods, so I was hoping K was not far behind. I had no idea what the course was like beyond the big field, so I was hoping it wasn’t too difficult for him, but before I knew it, he came rolling out of the woods. “I’m in second place!”
He was looking good, and seemed pretty happy to be out there giving it everything he had. Then he disappeared over the hill again. He reappeared a few minutes later at the bottom of the course, and he had caught the lead kid. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to make the pass, but he did stand up and give it full power up the hill to the finish line for a solid second place finish.
It became pretty clear to us that he is ready for a bigger set of wheels, the kid that beat him was on 24s. He was very fired up about riding after the race though. Looks like we’ll be regulars at Wednesday Night Worlds this summer.