2016 Pace Bend Mountain Bike Race – Austin, Texas Race #5

My Cat2 40-44 mountain bike race video from the 2016 Pace Bend Mountain Bike Race held at Pace Bend Park in Austin Texas.

The 5th race of the Texas state 2016 series.

Pace Bend is my home course. I know this one well and the course suits my typically strong technical riding style. As I will be moving up to Cat1 next year, this is likely to be my best opportunity for a race win for a very, very long time (possible ever again).

So for this race, I pulled out all the stops. I put everything on the line. I ditched the rear cam to save weight, I buried myself and went deep into the darkness for this one.

Out of the gate, my initial strategy was thrown into the air. I unintentionally took the hole shot as Marc appeared to be fading a bit and I didn’t want to have the entire field on my tail. It also crossed my mind that Marc knew that I knew this course and he may have been holding back so he could ride my wheel and lines through the initial technical portions of the trail.

I took the hole shot and put up a decent gap. However, about 20 minutes into the race, it was obvious that Marc was going to catch me. I didn’t really think I’d be able to ride off the front the whole race anyway.

Marc caught me and passed me, where he held me at bay for the next 45 minutes. I eventually caught a glimpse of him and powered up to catch back up to him. It took a lot out of me and it hurt like nothing I’ve ever done before.

I devised a plan and launched my final attack at a perfect moment and could only hope that Marc wouldn’t be able to respond. I couldn’t allow it to come to a final sprint with him as he typically has me beat in overall power, as well as slightly beating me gearing wise (1×11 vs 1×10).

#pbshowdown is in the books!

Race 1, Rocky Hill Ranch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ick2IbXP2hI
Race 2 Flat Creek Crossing Ranch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJvH4Uk4_Qg
Race 3 Flat Rock Ranch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrD3VMKYB0o
Race 4 Abilene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8SsOmkyccA

Dashware used for gauges/HUD: http://www.dashware.net

https://www.strava.com/activities/541822286

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Long time mountain biker, recent mountain bike racer. Borderline unhealthy obsession with mountain biking, constantly drawn to hit the dirt and share my experiences.

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