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CCS Race Weekend #3/4 (Twin Sprints)

Well this is a late and quick report on the final weekend of the season at NJMP. It was a “twin sprints” weekend so it was like having two weekends in one. Instead of doin 11 races in 2 days I opted to sit out of the ULSB races since I wasn’t at the top in those points anyway and I needed to preserve energy and tires to make it through the weekend. We also chose not to do the Friday practice this time. Saturdays morning practice was just for shaking off the cob-webs since I hadn’t been on track since July. I felt pretty rusty but finally laid down a couple decent laps and felt better. The first race Saturday was the GTL (25 min race) and that’s always a good race to get a groove going in. Unfortunately, for the second time with this bike I had a needle clip break in one of my carbs and was unable to finish the race, that was too bad since I was doing well in the points for that class and was running up front in the race. Theo and I were able to make a quick fix of it and luckily I never missed a race. Four more races later on Saturday were great with good weather and track conditions. So, Saturdays results were: GTL=DNF, LWSB=3rd, LWF40=1st, LWGP=2nd, Thunderbike= 2nd.

Sundays forecast was for some rain but it held off until mid-day. Since the racing started early I was able to get in the LWF40 before it got wet. It got really wet. I went out to see how the DOTs would fare and after the LWSB out-lap I came in. The front was sliding all over and most other riders were on rains so I was not in a position to be competitive. Thunderbike was even more wet, I sat that out too. Theo went down in T5 in the LWSB (I think). It was minor, only requiring a rear-set replacement which went quickly and he never missed a race either. Things started drying out nicely after that and I took my chances on a damp track for my last race of the season. It was a cautious race for everyone but a race nonetheless. I took second with a last lap attempt to catch the first place rider but I did not plan well enough and failed to make it happen. Sundays results were: LWF40=1st, LWSB=DNS, Thunderbike=DNS, LWGP=2nd. It looks like Theo and I will have a reason to attend the awards dinner again this year and pick up some track and class trophies.

No pics of me this weekend bet here’s Theo with one of his three. The grin is not only for the trophies but for besting his lap records as well.

And sunrise at NJMP.

Blue Mountain

Some new trails this time.

MTB Update

These are the last 5 rides I had stored in the Garmin. I’m starting to explore more of RSP but it’s hard to keep my bearings with all the leaves on the ground now.

Jacobsburg State Park

Theo, Chuck, Ellen and I spent a couple hours riding together today. It was a tough workout. We earned a nice dinner and ice-cream for desert.

Blue Mountain and RSP

Blue Mountain Yesterday and RSP this morning.

Sprain Ridge Park

Sprain Ridge Park. I’m getting better at the obstacles.

CCS Race Weekend #2

It was a very hot and humid weekend down at NJMP for round two. The threat of rain loomed both mornings and Saturday started with very wet practice sessions but by race time the track was dry. We were wet the entire weekend though, we just never stopped sweating. The recent mountain-bike training paid off and I took a podium spot in all six races I entered. Saturdays GTL race was great fun as I had to battle the entire 25 minutes with another SV, a 125 and a 250, it was the most racing I’ve done in a long time.

Here is Theo and I with our Lightweight Formula 40 trophies.


I never did a report on the first round, it was also a pretty good weekend with 4 podiums in six races. I dont remember many details but it was drama free.

Blue Mountain Reservation ride.

Today’s ride in Peekskill NY.

Sprain RidgePark

Yesterdays ride in Sprain Ridge Park.

Mountain Biking

In my recent efforts to increase my health and fitness levels I upgraded my mountain bike and put a Garmin 500 cycling computer on it. Here is the result of a quick workout Theo and I did in Morristown this morning.