Due to insane amounts of rain and generally crap weather, the Rumble in the Concrete Jungle was pushed from Saturday to Sunday. Nearly everyone on the team planned to be racing at the opening day of the Charlotte Winter Short-Track Series on Sunday (Dicky's report is HERE), so this created a dilemma for me. I decided to ask myself, "which one will be more fun?", and the obvious answer was Rumble. Apparently, Paul Cunningham felt the same way. So we were the lone representation for Faster Mustache, except of course for Lee Flythe, the mastermind behind this crazy event.
Every year in the dead of winter, the US National Whitewater Center drains the whitewater channel for cleaning and maintenance. Lee, who is the trail coordinator for the USNWC and a Faster Mustache chutlord, had long dreamt of racing bikes through the empty channel.
Lee and his crew had spent long hours building up dozens of wooden ramps, jumps, and features for the channel. The result was a gentle-grade downhill course with BMX, skatepark, and downhill-inspired features. After about an hour of practice runs, it was on to the downhill race: a time-trial style race from top two bottom, two tries each.
The DH event drew big crowds of both riders and spectators - a surprisingly big turnout for an event with a rain delay. The crowds pressed in and heckled with extreme prejudice, dialing up the pressure and making the runs more exciting. And I loved the flow and challenge of the course.
Something was wrong with my timing chip because I never showed up in the results, but Paul was fast enough to get 9th in the DH (out of 66) and 11th in the CC. I know I finished with Paul in the CC so I was probably top ten!
Congratulations to Lee and the USNWC crew for an awesome event. There is no doubt in my mind this will grow to be a huge and popular event. I can't wait for next year!