This past weekend I took the epic drive from Durango, Colorado to Mammoth, California for the last leg of the ProGRT. It was my first ProGRT of the five in the series. Despite running out of gas and my car breaking down, I made it to Mammoth Thursday night, eager to ride my bike the next. Friday’s practice was bright and early and Mammoth mountain was giving many riders trouble. The course was loose, and pinning it through many of the turns and rock gardens insured getting bucked over the bars. Knowing this, I took a few slower practice runs and got my lines dialed.
Saturday brought another dry and dusty day to Mammoth. The course was even more blown up from Friday’s practice, and had sections that had over five inches of pure sand. The key to riding on the Mammoth pumice is staying loose and letting your bike drift how it pleases in the sand.
My race run Saturday afternoon was smooth and relaxed. I knew that pushing it too much in the dusty turns would end in failure and while dusty sections are not my strong point, I typically ride rock sections with some ease. I grew up on the East Coast where rock gardens and heavy roots are the norm. I finished a clean run and ended up taking the win by fifteen seconds. I’m stoked to end the year on a good note after a long season of injuries. I feel stronger and faster then ever on my bike, and can’t wait to see what next season brings.