• Race Report: Knights Ferry RR

    I was wavering back and forth about the Knights Ferry RR all week since I was registered for the Bump Circuit on Sunday. Got news early Saturday that Sunday was canceled so I packed (very poor job) up the motorcycle and froze my butt off to get out there. Livermore on a motorcycle at 8AM is COLD!!!!! Arrived with plenty of time and started sorting clothing options out and after the 4th time through my bag there was still no jersey... DOH!! Lucky for me Ken was at registration and saved me from having to ride in a sleeveless vest and looking like a triathlete all day. Instead it was more like riding in Spanx. Luckily the weight loss program is still in full effect. Thanks again Ken!!!

    The race 35+ 3's was quite mellow all day. Since I was solo and there were like 35 of the 38 entrants were from Kovarus I chilled near the back trying to stay out of trouble most of the day. There were a couple exciting moments one full MTB cross up and nose wheelie and a full stiff arm push between teammates I think on the last lap that woke the heart rate up. The winning move happened near the RR tracks heading towards the finish when Eric Lagier Thirsty Bear opened a gap and was able to keep away to the finish. His teammate Piers did a nice job chasing down just about everything until about 2K to go. We put in a few good efforts and started seeing Eric slow but now way we were going to catch him. I made a couple good efforts in the last 2K to close gaps and get on the front, and with 400M's to I hit it quite hard to shake it up on the uphill. There were 4 guys 2 Bell Real Estate and another that came around me at 200M so I jumped on the back and gave it one more kick to the line for 4th.

    Breakfast: Steel cut oats with brown sugar and a latte before leaving, Almond butter and banana sandwich warming up, 2 Roctane's and 2 bottles of cyto during.

    Post-race: Almond butter and jelly sandwich and a run to the border for some caffeine and a bean burrito and a taco. Wish I would have remembered that In-and-Out was just a few more miles up the road but I had a banging headache all race from lack of caffeine. Back in the east bay we grilled up a filet, salted boiled baby potatoes, salad and some coffee heath bar ice cream. Cutting too many calories makes me grumpy...

    - Mark Dawson


    One of the early morning groups.


    The moto all loaded up!


    My buddy Lynden winning the 45+ 4's.