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The second annual four-week long Session Series at Floyd Hill started this month, with May 18 seeing a crowd of about 100 and almost everyone with a bike.
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The second annual four-week long Session Series at Floyd Hill started this month, with May 18 seeing a crowd of about 100 and almost everyone with a bike. The series started May 11, with May 25 being the third race, and June 1 being the final.
The mountain biking race is meant to “raise funds for local non-profits in the area that are bike centric, and focus on trail building and community advocacy,” according to Elizabeth Schmidtmann, the production director of the event.
“It’s awesome that Clear Creek does this,” attendee Patrick Lee said before the May 18 race. Mountain biking for about five years now, Lee came in sixth in the open pro category in the May 11 race, with last year’s being his very first. On May 18 he came in seventh in the open pro with a time of 4:09.91.
There are six categories people can compete in: 14 to 18 years old; 18 to 29; 30 to 39; 40 to 49; 50 plus; and the open pro where any age can enter.
“Pro is what you want to do if you wanna race with the fast guys,” said Lee. Each category has a first, second and third place for male and female.
Each competitor gets one shot down the track each race — the Sluice — with only the downhill counting for time, not the uphill climb to get there.
Mateo Clagg, who also competed last year, said he’s done the new race trail at least 50 times before race day — twice that day alone. “I only live about 10 minutes away, so it’s easy to come by,” he said. He ended the day in sixth place in his category at 4:39.98.
“I pedaled a lot. Cleanest run I’ve done,” he said after.
This year’s race had newcomers too, such as Jordann Jordan who’s been mountain biking since 2007.
“Last year I watched sadly from work,” she said, continuing that she moved her work schedule around specifically so she could participate. It worked out, as she came in second in the open pro on the May 11 race. “The course is a little different today, but I’m feeling good.”
The May 18 race ended with Jordan in first place for women's open pro with a time of 4:54.63. Petr Hanak came first in the men's open pro with a time of 3:53.54.
Calvin Dougherty, 14, came in 15th with a time of 5:34.54. Even though he crashed a few times — once into a cameraman — he said, “I know I can come back next week and do better.”
The rest of the results can be found at my.raceresult.com under Session Series.
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