The Big Creek Time Trial Series is a blast, one each month for 3 months. June, July and August. IMBA membership is required and all the entry fee money ($25 for all three races) goes to the trails. The June edition happened yesterday on the 11th. You can roll up as many times to the starting gate from 6pm till 8pm and take your best shot at the course. The course is about 4 miles long and its got some relatively tame root and rock sections to navigate. Nothing gnarly, just a bit technical in spots.
Yesterday was wet so I don't think anyone was expecting to set a record. I was drifting in a few corners, corners that I know by heart, so that really held me back from going all out. I find that this race, mountain biking in general, requires a lot of technical handling, knowing the course, race know how, to go fast. Sure fitness helps, but hitting the corners just right or knowing the fastest line through a rock garden or a rooty section is a big part to a fast time. I'm speaking for myself really... I am having a tough time getting close to 23 minute mark, and I know its because I'm not picking the right lines, corner speed could be faster, better braking...FLOW!
Good news though, last night I beat last years best time by 2 seconds AND it was a wet course. Ready to hit mid 24 minutes next month, dreaming of cracking 23.
My times thus far:
- August 2011: 27'33"
- June 2013: 24'56"
- August 2013: 24'59"
- June 2014: 24'54" (yesterday)