July 12th, 2008

Following is my post to MTBR.
Last year, I posted A (very) slow rider's Downieville XC report here. In response to the generous encouragement I received, I promised I would come back. A promise is a promise is a promise. I did. So here I am again to report back. …more…

June 29th, 2008

The weekend didn't start out well. When we were about to board our shuttle on Saturday to Packer Saddle for a downhill run, I realized that I forgot my riding shorts at home. I had to spend $50+ on a pair of most uncomfortable MTB shorts (Mens' Small was the closest I could find and they don't fit). …more…

June 23rd, 2008

Friday:
We took a three o'clock shuttle to Packer Saddle and did a DH run: Sunrise, Butcher Ranch, 2nd Divide. Sunrise is a very flowy single track. There is almost no obstacles. Butcher Ranch has some technical sections. You can see in this youtube video how the rock garden topples many racers. …more…

June 22nd, 2008

When Erik and I topped out on the Downieville Classic Cross Country (XC) course at Packer Saddle on our third day of riding, it was a very pleasant surprise to see and chat with a couple of divas, DH Jill and Heather. Four divas were still on the climb and they were going to wait, so we said goodbye …more…

July 14th, 2007

[Note: I wrote this report after the race. I posted it both on MTBR and our Biking Forum.]
I can see the finish now. A few hard pedals, I'm there! I probably have let out a scream or two in excitement. The support staff tears off the bottom portion of my bib. It is a great feeling. …more…