I'm falling behind on these blog posts and although no one reads them I love having them for my own memories- so here's to catching up!
November 12th was the 9th Urban Downhill race in Ensenada and my second year racing the event.
Last year my boyfriend wanted to go to Mexico for the race and I thought racing downhill over concrete was so scary I nearly left my bike at home. It was at the last minute I realized - who was I kidding - once I saw other people riding I would want to ride, too!
It was the best choice. It opened me up to the downhill scene in Ensenada, Mexico, which blows the US scene out of the water. The riders are so friendly - even though I can barely communicate with most of them - and the people of Ensenada come out to watch you, cheer you on, ask for a photograph or even an autograph.
This year the crowd was big:
And the staircase that made up the main feature - dubbed the 'scarecase' - was even bigger:
While the rest of the course was a watered-down version of the previous year's track, with the exception of the jumps I wasn't about to touch, the scarecase really made the entire trip!
I was stoked to see the participation in the women's category growing, and major props to my friend Dom who choose the Urban race most experienced DHers are scared to enter for her very first race!!!
The awards ceremony included champagne- which demonstrated a level of enthusiasm for what the racers had just accomplished that I have never seen in the States.
It was my first time uncorking champagne and it uh, wasn't my smoothest moment.
Maybe one day I will get an opportunity to really master this art- hey, I can dream!
And finally a shot of the wall ride that took you to the finish line. It was faster to skip the wall ride, but after riding past the two metal ramp jumps it was a matter of pride that I hit the wall ride.
One more race in Mexico - the Pink Extreme - and then I'm calling it quits for 2016!