2013 McDowell Meltdown.

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The 2013 season got off to a great start with a win at the MBAA McDowell Meltdown on Saturday. Ten years ago, McDowell was the first venue that I raced at outside of Wisconsin or Minnesota. Ever since it’s been fun to revisit the fast, dusty trails at McDowell and relive some of those first mtb adventures that I experienced away from home.

This year I’ll be representing Momentum Endurance once again with continued support from Arizona Cyclist. I’ll be racing aboard the Specialized S-Works Epic FSR which ought to be a super versatile race bike. With the help of Ryan, Axel, and Myron at the shop, I got the bike built up about 24 hours before the start at McDowell – with just enough time for a quick test ride Friday evening. The setup was dialed in, and I was confident that everything was in place for a good early season test at McDowell.

Chloe and I made the drive up to McDowell Saturday morning, just as we’ve many times before. At the race Marty Coplea from AZ Devo made sure that I had everything taken care of and offered to keep me fueled with bottle hand ups during my race. His help kept me going strong and I was able to put in some steady fast laps on the course. We did two ten-mile long sport/tech/long loops, followed by two three-mile long sport loops. I had a small gap after the first ten mile lap so I went with it and was able to open it up a little more on the next lap. This was enough to cement the gap and keep things cruising smoothly on the new S-Works.

Getting an early win is always fun and there are a lot of great races yet to come. I’m excited for some of the bigger races this season and there’s plenty of riding yet to be done to get ready for them. Right now I’m putting in some good training and just getting things in order for the season ahead. With just a little fitness starting to show up and plenty of big rides to do, this is some of my favorite riding of the year.

Thanks for checking in as 2013 gets underway.

 

-TJ