We out here in Winter Park for the first of the two N. American EWS races. Today was a full day of track inspection. All of which was chairlift assisted which was nice but I’m actually a little tired. Maybe it’s that 9500 ft elevation out here… wow, I’m out of breath just typing that. The format up here is a little different, it’s 3 days with 2 stages on day 1, then 3, then 2 on the last day. Stage 4 on Saturday is going to be a 1 time preview, right prior to the race run…should be interesting.
The courses are fun, Stage One starts out with some switchbacks but then opens up into a fast double track section, then on to the Trestle Bike Park jump trail called Rainmaker and a pedaly sprint to the line on an elevated wood bridge which it kind of cool.
Stage Two starts of which a ladder drop into on of the more techy downhill tracks on the mountain then onto a lower section of big sweeping turns and a last section of super roots and rocky pedal section.
Tomorrow we race in the morning and then do course inspection on stages 3 and 5 afterward. I’m starting to get the hang of riding the bike park style tracks, gonna be good.