So for the past 2 months I have been dabbling in the short track series that Portland does every summer out at the International Raceway. Around 1-2mi laps with a mix of motocross jumps, grass fields and single track you go round and round till they yell last lap. The first race I did I just tried to figure out what was going on and how painfull full throttle racing can be, I took 8th about mid pack definitely got me focused again on my fast quick bursts of energy. Fast forward a couple weeks and I took 2nd two mondays in a row to the same guy winning the whole series. The final race of the summer was the other night that's where these pics are from. I got teamed up on from the start by the usual leading suspects the 29er Crew Trek team. One of them Shannon Skeritt the leader of the series and same guy I have been chasing for weeks and his teammate Arron Tuckerman who has taken third to me 2 weeks in a row. Lots of rubbing elbows and back and forth racing. Each of them trying to get rid of me. The most exciting 40min I have raced in awhile. The only bummer was when they never rang the "last lap" bell and I was caught unaware of being in the final lap. I was planning on draining the tank to secure 2nd in one more but before I knew it Arron attacked, I got smoked for a sec and there was the checkered flag. Damn! I was pissed. Oh well thats racing and I had a good time and Rachel got some cool shots.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
A bit of a different start than I'm used to. Me, the clock, 12mi of trail and 5000' of drop... oh yea it's on!
I was the only pro to ride a hardtail that day. I got a bunch of funny looks without huge suspension but my finishing time spoke for itself. The fact of the matter is that I am used to riding "downhill" trails on a cross country bike and it gave me a huge advantage on the one climb in the middle of the race. Rachel and I had to get back to Portland so I still dont know what place I finished in but if I compare times with last years than I got in the top 20 with a 36min race time. Adam Craig, USA's past Olympian came in at 33min but people were still coming down when we took off so we'll see. All in all it was a scary fast fun ride. Here is a link to what the local news channel got that day. http://kdrv.com/news/local/215489
Camping at Emigrant Lake for the weekend. Very beautiful area.
Posted by Josh Kelley at 5:56 PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Took home 4th in Pro! Not bad after working two jobs and trying to train when possible.
Peacocks hanging out cheering us on.
The absolute muddiest ride/race I have ever done. Enough to make a bunch of people throw in the towel. I'm not in Arizona anymore.
My couple hour nightmare to clean.
Posted by Josh Kelley at 10:28 PM