On Saturday, July 19th, the second season of Chickadee Underground racing commenced with Chickadee #1, a 50 mile epic mt. bike course between Truckee and Tahoe City, CA, and back. Ten hearty souls showed up to tackle the tough course. For two of us, it was OTB, though we didn’t ride the OTB trail. Forrest went Over The Bars, while I was Off The Back.
On one of the descents on the Rim Trail, Forrest hit something hidden in the dust and launched over the bars doing a full flip and landing on his back. This kept his injuries a little less visible, (limited to his back) and he did jump a bit when I forgot, and slapped him on the back to congratulate him on a job well done.
This year’s course was “easier” than the previous year though it’s a little absurd implying there was anything easy about the course. It was well designed with manageable fire road climbs (great for socializing and keeping the heart rate from skyrocketing) while descending epic single track. But with that said, it’s still a 50 mile mt. bike course with tons of climbing, so it isn’t an easy ride. Thanks to Conrad for putting together the well thought out route.
We sampled trails such as Power Line, 2 Beavers and a Bear, Schaffer Creek, Missing Link, Western States, Bob Watson, Happy Face, Rim Trail, and others. Conrad, Forrest, and Nick Damner rode single speed. This bummed me out as I had a cable housing failure and rode the whole course in the middle ring. Normally, I’d have an excuse for getting dropped, “Well, I only had 9 gears.” But that sort of whining doesn’t work when guys are riding single speeds!
It was an epic day with great riding. Although it’s a point series race, it’s really more of a brisk social ride, which makes it super fun!
Conrad, Ben, Forrest, Eric, and Nick stayed more or less together for the entire race and finished together with some sprinting at the end. Emma broke off early and did a slightly shorter version of the ride. I got dropped, lost, and did some “extra credit” finishing with 52 miles total. LT, Janet, and Annmarie started off with us, then broke off early on and did their own version.
After the ride we hosed off behind the Blue Coyote, then slipped inside for burgers and beer. Then, not quite done with our day, we headed for the docks on Donner Lake, re-uniting with Janet, LT, Annemarie, and surprise guests Katerina and Marcus for a nice dip in the Lake.
If that wasn’t enough, we then headed home for a quick shower, and rallied over to Old Greenwood to catch a free Kenny Loggins concert on the golf course…and that got us thinking — not so much about Kenny Loggins, but about golf. So we decided to forfeit our bike riding on Sunday to play 9 holes of golf at Ponderosa. Other than whacking a few houses with stray golf balls, and Conrad getting busted by the Course Marshal for violating the dress code (no shirt), it was pretty sweet. Naturally, we enjoyed a few PBR’s on the course.
After feeling guilty about being lazy and playing golf, we thought we’d maybe take a ride in the afternoon. But after thinking about it a little more, we instead decided to continue the lazy trend, going for some Mexican Food at El Toro Bravo, and afterward settled in at Conrad and Lisa’s watching the Tour de France on the flat screen, dozing in and out as Phil and Paul carried us through the epic mountain stage.
Check out Forrest’s GPS data from the Chickadee ride here:
And stay tuned for Chickadee #2…check the CWC racing schedule here:
And learn more about the Chickadee Underground Race series here:
1. Ben Raggins 17pts.
2. Forrest Huisman 17pts.
3. Eric Ronning 17pts.
4. Nick Damner 14pts.
5. Conrad Snover 13pts.
6. Emma Gerrard 12pts.
7. Paul McKenzie 11pts.