The course, located at Greenbelt Park along the Mississippi River, had some really cool features including some tricky off-camber turns, stairs, a barrier run-up and plenty of ups and downs. Not to mention, the competition was tough.
|Ryan working a steep hill with Noah, in the background, on an off-camber section.|
|Noah on the stairs.|
|Noah shows his skills over the barriers.|
|Ryan looked smooth over the cottonwood logs.|
I don't remember how many women started the race, but they were fast. Long story short, I was sitting in 2nd place during the second lap, when the first place rider dropped her chain. Then I maintained 1st place until the last lap or second to last lap when a totally different rider came out of nowhere and passed me on a flat like I was standing still. I managed a respectable 2nd place and got some cool swag including cash and a cute swiftwick hat! (I think it was the wheels.)