Monday, June 15, 2015

Big Bear Lake 2x12 Race Report

There are many stories to be shared from the point we entered the park with "you here for that stupid MTB race?" to the local convenience store lady, who stated "you bikers are a pain in my ass" as she walked with a limp, absolutely hilarious! - Peter La Fleur

This year's Big Bear Lake 2x12 (hands down one of our favorite events of the year) will be remembered for the weather. Rained all night — some of it quite heavy and thunderous — and continued on through the first two laps of the race. Even in the woods the alternating bands of heavy rain would penetrate the canopy to tickle your brain with fantasies of home and a warm bath. The danger on the ground was navigating slick rock and root gardens when the going was slow and struggling to see at speed as the standing water and mud on the trail was sheeting straight up into the racers' faces. Often you would find yourself blinking furiously on a downhill vainly attempting to clear eyes in time to notice whatever nasty negotiation was next in the trail before it was too late.

Risk Manager after his final lap