Sunday, September 23, 2012 we woke to the true chill of fall.  41 Degrees with a brisk North wind put Dennis in his warmest racing duds! Some team members were still feeling some pain from yesterday’s XCross race atHighland Park. Matt was the only one brave enough to do BOTH races back to back.

The Pando course was in terrific shape after a small shower passed through the night before.  As keeping with the 25 year PANDO RACE tradition, everyone began at the bottom of the ski hill and finished their 6th lap at the TOP of the ski hill.  (Elite’s and Pro’s did one extra).  Once to the top, you would fly down the outer edge and make your way in your big ring past the lake and into the woods & single track.  For some reason, I find the long climb up the woodsy side of the tubing hill the worse…but once to the top, you get to fly down the tow-rope hill. My new Velocity Blunt SL rims *(Built by team mate Jeff Jacobi) railed the U-TURN with my sweet Kenda Karma’s digging deep. Then you climb back into the woods to experience a few new sections. There was a little “ditch-dip” that claimed a few people due to the sheer steepness on both sides. (My last lap through, a skinny tree grabbed my bar end and sent me back down the leafy edge of the gully.) I am sure Jack Kunnan had a great KODAK moment.

All in all, it was a great race followed by the best team cheering everyone else on in the other divisions. When the announcer called out that it was time for the podium, we were happily greeted with prize money to the top 3 in each class. Here’s how it shook down:

EXPERT MEN 50+ Tim Curtis took 1st and Rick Plite took 3rd.

EXPERT WOMEN – Marnie TenCate took 1st.

Jeremy, Matt and Tom missed the podium by sheer seconds on the clock! While Dennis and Gabe placed 7th in class. In a competitive field, I would be happy taking 4th!

Addison Oaks recap

This past Sunday was the Fall Classic at Addison Oaks on the east side of the state. The Founders Alger Racing Team showed up in force as many of us need the event to qualify for the points series. The team didn’t disappoint with a great finish by everyone. Jeremy currently leads the points series for the Expert under 29 class and many of us are in the top ten! Unfortunately I can’t include myself in such high regards. I can go the distance still but my speed seems to keep declining as I get older! Yesterday the rear derailuer cable broke and I was relegated to a two speed drive train. I thought about quitting bu how stupid would that be, they have a SS class and I had two gears left so why not finish it up. I had a blast after that and kept getting faster as the race went on. Once I had memorized the course a bit I was able to anticipate the small hills and turns faster. We hung around for podiums and awards in beautiful weather. The free brats and Team Race Beer just made the day! Thanks CRAMBA for a great time!

Earl 6th place Elite Men
Marnie 6th place Expert Women
Jeremy 2nd place Expert -29
Matt 4th Expert 30-39
Tenner 20th Expert 40-49
Tim 8th Expert 50+
Rick 14th Expert 50+
Tom 4th Elite SS