We always love to hear about our athletes’ many and great successes. It’s inspiring to hear about the culmination of so much hard work, and equally fun are the photos of them in action. Receiving stories, notes, and pictures from the athletes we serve reminds us that not only is hydration important, but that it’s a key component and contributor to performance.
Jeff Dicky of the Scott Pro Mountain Bike Team sent us his tale of the Scott Pro Mountain Bike Team’s success earlier this month at the Shootout on Angler’s Ridge. And the only thing that we like better than hearing from our athletes is when they offer to write guest blog posts!
Take it away, Jeff!
Mike, Dylan and I drove the 4 hours down to Danville from the DC area early on Sunday morning to race the Shootout at Angler’s Ridge. I was feeling pretty dehydrated from a long work week and spent the drive down drinking as much Nuun as possible. Tri-Berry is my current favorite flavor; I go through a lot of it at my house as my girlfriend also loves that same flavor for her long distance marathon and ironman training sessions. The course at Danville is nearly 100% singletrack with lots of twists and turns and short, power climbs, just like the stuff we’d been riding all last winter.
The pro field was fairly full with Jeremiah Bishop showing up just before heading to South Africa for the UCI World Cup opener, plus Master’s World Champion Scott Frederick, and fast guys, Rob Marion, Ryan Fawley, Kevin Carter.
Mike was on his new Scale 29er. It must be 5 pounds lighter than his training bike!
From the start, it was strung out in the pro field, with everyone following Bishop. I found myself in a group of seven, with two Champion System guys, two American Classic guys, Keck Baker and JB. (See the photo of JB leading the field through the start finish on pavement – the first time I was able to take a good drink of my Tri-Berry Nuun.) At the start of the second lap, JB attacked — I was able to get around and bridge the 10-second gap and we rode away from the rest of the field.
At this point, Mike was picking riders off left and right and generally riding faster than just about anyone out there.
I waited up for Mike and Keck and grabbed my normal caffeinated Nuun filled final lap bottle in the feed area (I’m still working on some of last year’s Kona Cola flavor – switching over to Lemon Tea for this year), then put in a little dig through some twisty singletrack. Mike eventually passed Keck on a steep climb, rode up to me and went flying by. I don’t think he was even breathing hard…
Mike pulled back 50 seconds on JB and got within sight, but seeing him coming up the trail, JB turned on the gas. Mike finished second and I came in 30 seconds later for third.
Dylan had a rough start after his gears skipped and he went into the singletrack nearly last of 20 riders in the 19-29 Cat 1 field. He picked off people left and right and worked his way up to second in the 19-29 field, finishing behind Connor Bell who is on form for this week’s World Cup opening event in South Africa. Dylan did, however, win the junior Cat 1 race and was crowned the Virginia State Champion. An awesome result given his start and having to pass so many other riders.
Thanks Jeff, and congratulations to the whole Scott Pro Mountain Bike Team! You’ll have to let us know if Lemon Tea garners as much success at your trusted Kona Cola.