Nick Sdrenka’s WEMS #3 Alpine Valley Race Report: May 21, 2016

20160521_113556-1[1]It was a nice sunny day at Alpine Valley Ski Resort in Elkhorn, Wisconsin where the third Wisconsin Endurance Mountain Bike Series race took place. If you don’t already know what Alpine Valley has to offer as far as the trail system, it offers a good variety of climbing, twisty technical singletrack, technical decents and hidden gnomes. The race that I decided to do was a 6 hour duo with Jerrod Collier making for a fast duo against the other teams in the 6 hour race. I started off in the first two laps of the race where I found myself in a fast pace with some of Wisconsin’s top pro elite riders from WORS, it was somewhat uncomfortable for me going at a pace that I was not used to especially in a endurance race. After the first lap I finally started to settle in finding a fast but comforting pace wall maintaining my technical skills through the twisty singletrack, just after leaving the singletracked woods I made my way onto the trails traversing across the hill when Nathan Guerra (my coach) came up from behind me so I decided to stick with him for a good 2-3 minutes before I let him go on the steep climb and then made my way to the finish area where I swapped out and let Jerrod do two laps. Following up from Jerrod’s two laps we decided to do one lap switch-outs after that so shortly after I got switched out the 3 hour solo race began and I got caught behind a bunch of slow people but luckily I had Leia Schneeberger to work with for a bit in the singletrack to get past some of the slower guys so I could get back to my own pace as I did so. Finally when the last lap within the reach of 6 hours came I was very determined to finish the last lap strong because of the cramping that had began occurring from the end of the third lap I did began to come back to haunt me so I definitely made sure I took in enough water and gels to make sure I could safely make it through the last lap and I did it with the confidence I had given myself knowing that I had already completed three laps with 24 miles making it four laps with 32 miles which made me very happy. Along with being happy with the time and mileage that I put in I had a lot of fun in a chilled race environment which made for a good training ride. At the end of the day Nathan and his wife Lindsay both put in a good effort and got a well deserved 1st Place for Vision Elite, Jerrod and I got a respectable 2nd place which we were both happy with. And a huge thanks goes out to WEMS and everyone who contributed to building and maintaining the trails at Alpine Valley Ski Resort so a good race could be put on.

getting some air off the logs

getting some air off the logs

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