Words by Brian Larivere
The penultimate event in the AC Daughtry H2H Mountain Bike Race Series
was the 24th Annual Bulldog Rump held on Sunday, July 14, 2019. This race has been continuously produced since 1996, and several of the racers from the inaugural event were back again.
The Bulldog Rump, presented by Cycle Craft
with help from BJL Coaching
and BTS Landscaping
, greeted the racers with temps in the low 80's, clear skies, and low humidity for a beautiful summer mountain bike race. The 6 mile course with 600' of elevation gain was dry and fast with a mix of single track, short power climbs, fields, gravel roads, and bony descents.
The course layout this year was a version of the classic clock-wise loop that Team Bulldog
has used over the past 24 years.The track began with a fairly long section of two-track along the perimeter of the main field to stretch out the racers before they cut into the woods up the switchback climb, the longest climb of the day. Once up top, the course traversed the ridge to then descended back down the Three Sisters before turning into Soggy Bottom and up Glass Hill. A quick run down Hoe Work took the racers behind the House and then into a short field section which led to the Pungie Stick Trail along the lake. Racers needed a high level of skill and concentration in the skinny single track to not wind up wet!
Upon exiting, they shot through Lovers' Lane, dropped down behind the Shed, and flew along the chip stone road. This gave everyone a chance to eat and drink and take a few deep breaths before Horse Poop Alley with its punchy climbs. Next came a kinder, gentler Saturday Morning followed by a short dirt road over to Allison Dunlop Hill. Savvy racers tried to carry as much momentum as possible down the back side to enter into the S-Turns at maximum speed for maximum fun. After ripping through the little valley, the course climbed back up through Kung-Fu with a white-knuckle descent on the way to Julian's Single Track.
At this point racers could begin to hear the music blaring from the registration area and they knew end of the loop was near. Racers couldn't let down their guard down, however, as the Dark Hollow demanded respect with one more cramp-inducing climb and slippery and pointy rocks on the descent. Exit the Hollow into the field and head back out for another lap of fun!
There was some great bar-to-bar racing all day long, but the Pro Men's Field was particularly exciting.
After a relatively tame start that kept the field in tact, Dan Chabanov (Abolish ICE/Close the Camps), Lucas Smallidge (Ridgefield Bicycle Sport Club
), Gregg Galletta (unattached), Rich Wolter (Clockwork Construction Inc./Town Cycle
) and Trevor Raab (The 5th Floor NYC
) twisted the throttle and rolled in after lap one with a smoking time of 25:25. Szymon Niemotoko (CJCT) was just off the pace of the lead group and went into TT mode. Chabanov and Smallidge decided to hit the thrusters and turned a sub 25 minute 2nd lap to distance themselves from the rest of the group. Galletta would also turn a negative-spit to get ahead of Wolter. Raab ended up flatting during the lap to DNF. On the final lap, Chabanov and Smallidge were neck and neck, but the experienced 32 year old Chabanov was not going to be shown up by the 21 year old Smallidge and sprinted for the victory. Galletta (49) held off Wolter (46) for the final podium position.
In the Pro Women's Field, Wendi Sebastian-Takaki (Dr. Naylor-Treadwell Racing
) took the win and some valuable points to close the gap in the overall standings to defending series champion, Kristine Contento-Angell (Team MTBNJ.com
), who was unable to attend the event. However, it should be noted that the fastest Woman of the day was Anne August (Park Ave Bike P/b Borah Team Wear
) who took 1st in the Cat 1/2 Open Women over Stephanie McKeon ( Cycle Craft/Bulldogs
It was a wonderful day of fun racing and everyone had a good, safe day. The final event in the AC Daughtry H2H Mountain Bike Race Series comes up on August 11, 2019, with the Point Peter Pounder in Port Jervis, NY
. See you there!Official Results
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