There's also another thing that's going on but it's self-inflicted. I volunteered to make the podiums for the MSG series.... and be the one to award prizes, medals and payout. The MSG series hasn't had that in many years and I felt it was affecting turnout! So I put my money where my mouth is and stepped up. On top of that I started announcing the races now too. At first I was scared silly but after one day I started getting the hang of it and enjoying it. Someone take all my irons away so that I won't put another one into the fire please! Here lies the dilemma; "working" the races allows no time to a)warm up properly. b)socialize and have fun. c)relax after your race. d)get prepared for your second race and I'm sure I could come up with several more but you should get my drift by now. This whole season so far has felt like a job. To be 100% honest I don't think most, some I know do, of the racers give a shit that we work so hard to provide a series like MSG. Drew says it best here concerning this point. I've committed myself too much (my fault only) and I plan on rectifying that after this season is over. I'm not one to quit, I'm also not one to make suggestions and not help see them come through unlike some peeps. So, I guess I just suffer.... burn out by the end of December and retire from any and all promoting, racing and assistance with cycling related things in the area for a year or so, it's happened to me before. Take six months or more just to ride and enjoy the bike makes a huge difference when you're frazzled.
I do like the way our fearless leader split the Masters classes this year. Elite Masters 35+ & 45+ (cat 1, 2, 3, 4) this is a $cash$ payout class and Masters 45+ & 55+ (cat 3, 4, 5) medals awarded class. It has made for much closer racing amongst everyone in the Masters classes so great call D-Wayne!
Photo Credits: Mama J
The next race this weekend is at Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton. This is a Saturday race only then if you want more CX action you can drive over the mountain to Pisgah Brewery Sunday for AVLCX's race. It's always a good turnout. I'm debating on going to AVLCX or Beech Mtn for ASU's ACCC MTB race Sunday though or possibly drive up to Marion Va. to pre-ride the new Fall Fear race course that's next Saturday. Can't decide yet.