Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Janet Tops the Field at Pando and Wraps up 3rd Place in the MMBA CPS Series!

Janet won the Fun Promotions Pando XC race in the Sport Women 40+ category on 9/28/08! Thanks to the Founders team for that special post-race recovery beverage at the top of the last ski hill climb!

Her win moved her into 3rd place final standing for the MMBA CPS series!

Way to go Janet!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Goodbye Summer!

A weekend of bike related events were a great send-off to summer!

Saturday 9/20, was the annual Triple Trail Challenge trail benefit ride for the MMBA Poto Chapter. The TTC uses part of the Waterloo-Pickney hiking trail that is only open to bikes once a year for this event. It connects the Poto, Waterloo-Pinckney and the Lakelands Rail Trail into a 42 mile scenic and challenging ride. Complimentary chili & beer awaits at the finish and everyone walked away with some good swag. Four Dark Horse Girls flew the colors at this ride and enjoyed the post-ride activities.

Road or Mountain Susan rocks, finishing in 1st place at Cherry Roubaix crit in TC. Congrats, Susan!

Kerry and Janet chalked up 2 more podium finishes in their Iceman warmup at the Addison Oaks XC race on 9/21, with Kerry finishing 2nd in Sport Women 25-39 and Janet finishing 4th in Sport Women 40+. Way to go, ladies!

For those of us who chose to crawl rather than race on Sunday, the last day of summer was spent cruising around downtown Plymouth on our cruiser bikes and sampling different brews on various outdoor patios. This was the 3rd annual Plymouth pub crawl and proved to be another excellent adventure. Thanks to our sponsor Gary at South Lyon Cycle for the Fat Tire Ales and swag at the end!

So after a busy biking weekend, Dark Horse Racing says goodbye Summer and hello to Fall, Peak to Peak, Iceman and Cyclocross Season!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Kerry Takes 2nd at the USAC Stony Creek XC Race and Jody Wins the Chippewa Hills Trail Benefit Race!

Stony Creek
After a rainy start the sun came out and Kerry raced to 2nd place finish at the Stony Creek XC race on 9/7/08 in Sport Women 25-39. Another Podium finish for Dark Horse Racing! Congrats, Kerry!

Chippewa Hills
And Up North, Jody raced to a first place finish at the Chippewa Hills Trail Benefit Race. Here's her write up:

I raced The Chippewa Hills Pathway Thunderbay River Assn Trail Benefit on Saturday. There were only about 50 racers. The course sucked for the first 2.5 miles: Climb, climb, down, twist, turn, (caution sign) brake brake brake twist. Swear. Climb climb climb climb down down twist turn brake brake brake twist. swear.

Then came the water station. I was pissed because I was told it was fast and fun. So far it was not fast. But then the fun started. Climb, zoom, swoosh up down zoom swoosh, caution sign, swoosh, caution sign, zoom, caution sign, up down zoom swoosh up down zoom swoosh climb climb swoosh swoosh swoosh climb climb.

It was damn fun!!!!

Then I had to do the second lap: Climb climb climb climb down down twist turn brake brake brake twist. Swear. Repeat the fun fun fun part. Then the end: Single track, road, single track, single track, single track. Done. 1st place for me!

I have never done a race with so much single track. Yay!

This may be a race more of us will try next year! Congrats Jody!

Photo by Tom Lining