Thursday, June 18, 2015

Race Report: Kenda Cup West, Big Bear

This past weekend of endurance mountain bike racing in Big Bear, Calif. marked a completion of the 2015 Kenda Cup West series.

For me, the endurance mountain bike series consisted of three races, out of a possible four competitions. However, from start to finish, the racing was no easy task. 

The Big Bear location posed a unique challenge, as competition occurred between 7,000 and 8,000 feet in elevation. Course totals included 42 miles, with plenty of challenging singletrack, and 5,500 feet of climbing.

During the Big Bear event and throughout the Kenda Cup West series, a common theme continued to haunt me. After starting well and feeling fresh, I managed to fall apart around the three hour mark. More insight and details are located in my Kenda Cup West, Los Olivos race report.

Overall, due to my difficulties, which were caused by a lack of time spent training on the mountain bike, the entire Kenda Cup West series managed to be a roller coaster ride.

Determination and a plethora of support continued to inspire my performance. After three Kenda Cup West races, I managed to escape with two victories and one second place finish. My results and consistency secured the series overall and the Endurance State Championship title, for the 19-29 age category. I am beyond ecstatic to have conquered my goal of securing a top-three overall finish.

Kenda Cup West series podium presentation. 
Not a bad podium location. 
As a member of Team Rokform, numerous individuals, sponsors, and brands were instrumental in my success. A big thank you goes out to GU Energy Labs, for their nutritional support and positive backing. 

Last but not least, it is absolutely necessary to publicly thank my close family and friends, especially my father, mother, and brother. It was a joy to spend a full day in Big Bear with plenty of support and motivation.