OMBC Mountwood Race report by Wayne Bowers
April 14th, 2013 was the first Ohio Mountain Bike Association (OMBC) race for 2013. The race was held in Waverly West Virginia at the Mountwood campground and is a combination West Virginia Mountain Bike Association (WVMBA) OMBC race. This means that both state’s worth of racers will be combined into classes. There is always a big crowd and today was not disappointment. The race was slated to start at high noon but was moved back to 12:30 due to the # of registrants. There end up being 130 sport riders in my wave start. Awesome!
The race goes off in 3 waves. Expert, 5 minutes, Sport, 5 minutes, Novice. We take off and I get into the top 10 or 15 sport riders. The route takes us up a gravel road to a sharp left into double track which we follow for around a mile and a half. Somewhere in that mile and a half a guy locks bars with me and goes down. I never see who it is and feel bad but he came into me and I am fortunate to still be upright although he bounced right off of me. I guess my winter weight training worked! Not long after this I began to lose all power in my legs.
We are flying up these hills and it is taking its toll on me. I haven’t “raced” like this since last November and my body is not happy with me. I was hoping to sprint with this pack all the way to the singletrack but, I am shutting down. My legs are seizing up and all power has been shut off. Crap. My heart rate is fine though? Well, it’s still double track so I move over to make room for those banging around behind me and watch as at least 30 riders and an old grandma backpacking and a three toed sloth go by. I need to work on my start!
What seems like hours goes by but it’s really only a minute or so, people stop passing me and we hit the singletrack. YES! The trail is perfect, the legs are mostly back and I start attacking again. I get back 10 or so of those that passed me and work the trail. The next 13 miles is all singletrack and just fly by. I am treated to spectacular views, long climbs, fast downhills, tricky little rock sections and then more of the same. The end comes too soon and before I know it I am told the finish is to the right.
I finish the 14 miles in 1:19:17, good enough for 13th out of 27 in Sport Veteran 35+ and 39th out of 130 sport riders overall. The event was run very well. Thanks to OMBC, WVMBA and Mountwood for putting this race together. Thanks to CAMBA Eddy’s, The Bistro on Main, Rudy Project.