NW Cup #4, Silver Mountain
Silver Mountain is my favorite place to race, due to ripping turns, dusty trails, and short lap times. The track at Silver is a sub 2:30 track, with the top 3 usually around 2:12-2:15. The track had a little bit of everything in it, off camber rocky turns, dusty loose turns, big drops and jumps, roots, and lots of lines to be had. This year was quite a bit different than years prior, it wasn’t overly dusty to the point of not being able to see holes.
I spent Friday trying new lines and seeing what worked. It was awesome being able to see all the holes, rocks, and roots that were covered by dust in previous years. I changed up the compression on my fork and shock quite a bit to handle the bigger hits, adding a whole lot of low speed compression to fork and shock. This really helped absorb the big compressions, but also keep the bike higher in its travel and more composed.
Saturday was a pretty interesting day, the weather was a mixture of snow, rain, hail, and lightening. Due to the unusual weather, our practice was cut short by 2 hours. I was comfortable with all my lines and was alright with it, though. We did end up running our seeding runs later in the day, though. By then, the dirt had absorbed all the moisture and was fairly dry. I took my seeding run fairly conservative, just cruising and hitting all my lines. When I got to the bottom, I was surprised to see the time I put down. It was respectable and put me just outside the top 10, out of 25 pro men.
Sunday Morning I did 3 runs for practice, one chill run to check things out and two at speed. Everything went well and the V-10 felt great. I was very excited to race, knowing I could improve on my time and hopefully, end up somewhere in the top 10. As I sat in the gate, I was calm and ready to put down a run. After I heard the third beep, I left the gate pedaling hard. In the middle of the first corner I heard a loud pshh and felt liquid hitting my calf. It couldn’t be? Really? I hit a very sharp rock with my rear wheel, leaving a sizable hole in the casing of my Magic Mary that the Stan’s wasn’t able to seal. I was extremely disappointed and frustrated, I didn’t even make it past the first corner. A big DNF for me.