Super Grassroots – Kaysee Armstrong Shenandoah 100 report

10551023_10152401381286220_3551497348626482824_nFrom Kaysee Armstrong: I’m very excited to report that I was able to place third in the Shenandoah 100 this past weekend. It’s a 100 mile mountain bike race with nearly 13,000 ft of climbing filled with the perfect ratio of gravel roads and single-track. A little over four years ago I got in to biking and a friend of mine told me to sign up for Shenandoah. Honestly thinking back I can’t believe I was able to do it.

Shenandoah is one of the first MTB races I ever participated in and on top of that it was the first hundred miles I have ever done on the mountain bike. It’s always a race I love doing because it is great to see just how far I have come in four years. Last year I was able to get 5th and was beyond ecstatic for that result, and actually I have been stressed that there was no way I could do that good again. No matter how hard I’ve been training.

I started this year’s race with the expectation of at least finishing in the same time as last year. The race started well and my Hei Hei Supreme was working great. I got a flat on the rear tire on the second downhill but I was able to change it fast. The rest of the day was spent trying to ride fast. I didn’t really know what place I was it most of the race so I just tried to climb fast and rip the downhills. I really like descending and there are some pretty long downhills at the Shenandoah 100. The aid stations came and went. I tried to be really fast through each of them and just keep moving toward the finish.

In the end I finished in Third Place and knocked 20 minutes off last year! I’m so happy about this as I’ve worked so hard. I’m so thankful to my sponsors Kona, TVB Race/Tomato Head, and NOX Composites. Stay tuned for a full race report on my blog kayseearmstrong.wordpress.com in the next few days.