Matt Harris needed a partner for the 6-hour Taco Stand race at Tribble Mill, I needed to ride, perfect match. I grabbed my Chameleon and headed out not knowing what to expect from these trails. A quick check of the bike pre-race revealed three things: I might be running the wrong tire up front (2.3 (2.4?) Maxxis Highroller II), the gear left on it was a bit stiff and my fork was a pogo stick. What's new?
I signed us up and got ready to go out on the first lap. It was a good crowd, and i ended up about 15th into the woods. The course was fairly smooth with a fair amount of leaf cover and some good turning action, which ended up suiting my tires just fine. I picked riders off when I could and ended up finishing up my first lap in third overall, behind Andy Johnston and Shey Linder (rocking his FM livery), both of whom were racing solo. Matt hit the next lap.
While chit chatting with the neighbors, one of them mentioned that they were getting beat by the first place sport team...What? I didn't know there was a Sport Cat. So after a little talk with the promoter, we were leading the Expert Cat.
The racing action was superb, going back and forth throughout the day with "Maverick and the Goose". Matt's final lap was a nail biter, would Maverick catch him and make me work for it? We were getting down to the final minutes of a plausible last lap and Matt made it in first. I waited for Maverick in a spot that gave me a good 90 second headstart, but that I could still give him a choice - end it now, or fight to the bitter end. He blazed past me in the opposite direction, grabbing a fresh water bottle from the Goose, and I knew it was on! Fortunately, I put in a good lap and didn't have any problems. I came in with about 50 seconds to spare before th e6-hour cutoff, with nobody in sight. The win was ours!