Having opted out of the 4 hour mudfest the weekend prior, I was left with an edginess that needed to be calmed. Not a day later a received a text enticing me to race the Dragons Tale in NewCastle Va. I had been there before in 2010. I remembered that although not too long mileage wise the course made up for it by offering lots of steep climbing and hiking. However, what I remembered most was the awesome tight, narrow, mossy, off-camber Appalachian sidehill singletrack that run’s a tight and rocky spine like ridgeline. Perfect, I love to ride stuff like that!
And love it I did. I loved it enough to crush it a whole 26 minutes faster this time around! ”Hey Churtle”, shouted Sue, “You did it in 4:20.” That time earned me 1st place female, 17th overall, and lots of laughs. I felt amazing. Now I need to harness it all back in and prepare to unleash again at the NUE opener Cohutta 100.
A big shout out to Shenandoah Mountain Touring for putting on a great race. They are always first class. Check out their website for more race recap, pictures and video.