2016 Race Report: Part 5

KC RR 14

NW Cup #7, Stevens Pass

For the final NW Cup race, we went to Stevens Pass and raced a brand new track. I was pretty excited to be racing a new track for everyone. No one had any chance to pre-ride the track, everyone was in the same boat. The track was super loamy and full of fun ruts and pockets to turn in. It was a fairly short track, with pretty rapid elevation loss at the top. This was also my first time riding the new XL V-10. Boy it was an adjustment, it is a big bike! I spent most of the weekend trying to figure out body position on it and how to ride it.

KC RR 15
Friday and Saturday were spent practicing lines and trying to memorize the track. With the loamy conditions it was very fun to follow people to see how different lines rode. On Saturday before seeding, I had a pretty good crash in a corner that was deteriorating quickly. I was happy to get a crash out of the way and hopefully over with for the weekend. I had a disappointing crash in my seeding run. I went to use turn in a rut that I had been hitting all weekend, to find that it had been pushed through and was no longer existent. I got back up and rode down. I seeded 17th out of 25, which was a surprise. It gave me some hope, thinking I could put together a run to get close to the top 10.

KC RR 16
On Sunday I did 4 practice runs, much more than usual. I was having a hard time finding the speed I had on the track again. It had deteriorated even more after seeding and the morning practice runs. I was a little frustrated having not ridden well in the mornings practice, but was hopeful for a good race run. My race run didn’t go as I would have hopped though. It was one of those runs where you could just feel time slipping away from you. I ended up only running a time that was 3 seconds faster than my seeding time with a crash. That was pretty frustrating, I didn’t know what happened. I ended up 19th/ 25, sadly.

Kris Christensen

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