CCC#5 ABD Sunrise Park
Another weekend of racing and I had another weekend of unspectacular consistency. Outside of the first lap in the Cat 4 race, all of my lap times were within 10 seconds of each other. The lap times for the second race were all within 3 seconds.
Cat 4 4/5
First Lap 8:24 8:09
Second Lap 7:59 8:06
Third Lap 8:05 8:07
Total 24:28 24:22
No wrecks, a few competitive rubs, but nothing dangerous and it was an awesome setup. The first time this year I’ve really had to think about cornering. (Disclaimer, I missed Hopkins Park.) Caldwell Woods and Dan Ryan Woods were fast and great on a file tread. Carpentersville had gotten enough rain during the week by the end of the day the wetter areas were really tacky so there were no traction issues. Between the off camber and patches of dry, loose soil you really had to concentrate this week if you wanted to carry speed through some of the turns without washing out.
Last year I bunny hopped the logs every lap. This lead to me endoing on the last lap when I was tired and didn’t quite clear my rear wheel over the log. I had no issues hopping them on my pre-ride, but keeping last year’s experience in mind, and generally being around other riders every lap I decided to just run them every time by. This paid huge dividends when on the second lap of the Cat 4 race, two riders went down in front of me as I was getting to the barriers and I was able to pretend I was a running back carrying my bike through the hole and dodge the carnage without breaking stride. The rest of the day was uneventful, but a ton of fun. I was in and around other riders the whole time in both races and felt good.
Links to videos:
Cat 4 Race – 31st at 13:42 you can see me weave my way through the two downed riders
Now I’m going into seclusion to prepare for Woodstock. I’m so focused that I’m skipping Campton Hills this year. (Translation – my wife and son indulge me in this racing thing a lot and they prefer to have me around for at least one weekend out of the month.) I’m looking forward to mixing it up again in two weeks. The racing, courses and participation have all seemingly taken a nice step forward this year and I think I’m having the most fun yet.