2019 Fat Tire Classic

Despite cold rain and mud, the Fat Tire Classic at Winding Trails was awesome. Team HORST Sports and the CCAP Team HORST Junior Squad had a fantastic showing. Once again, the junior races were stacked with kids. Mountain biking has definitely made a comeback. It’s so good to see these kids racing and enjoying themselves.

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Our squad included Sean, Liam, Owen, Alexandra, Antonio, Lars, Boden, Shepard, and Dahlia. Our kids are between the ages of 9 and 14. The adults who raced were Dave, John, Brett, Art, Debbie, and me.

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Sean, Shepard, Alexandra, and Brett took age group wins. Debbie was second in her age group. We have three kids in CCAP Clif Bar Dirt Cup. This was the second race in the series. Hop Brook led things off three weeks ago.

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Debbie’s race was at 9:00 A.M. and she just missed the top step of the podium by seven seconds. She knows the Winding Trails course well and she is gaining strength. Shepard and Dahlia raced with the other juniors at 10:00 A.M. Shepard worked his way to the front and buried himself for the win. We are very proud of him. He is showing more confidence in his riding and is having fun. His age group did two laps (like Debbie), which worked out to be a little more than 11 miles. He is pumped to wear the series leader jersey.

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Dahlia did her longest race to date. She did the one lap event, but it was hard with all the ups, downs, and slippery roots. I shadowed her for most of the lap, as I did with Shepard when he was this age. She rode her Cannondale Cujo, the bike she won in the raffle at the Vermont 50 last fall. She pushed hard and finished strong. Late in the lap, Shepard caught her, and it was neat to see them together on the course.

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I did the singlespeed race at noon. By then, it was raining steadily. I was chilled before the start, but warmed up. When I finished after an hour and 55 minutes, I was cold again. I rode within my limits today. I’ve had a tough stretch with some trail running races including the Traprock 50K+ two weeks ago. I’m not really sure what I’m building towards, but it’s fun to be racing with the family. In each of the last seven weeks, I’ve gotten between nine and 12 hours of training, which is really good for me. I feel strong.

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The only drag was that it was a lot of work to pack four bicycles, unpack four bicycles, and wash four bicycles when we got home. Dahlia had a soccer game in Naugatuck, so we went straight from Farmington to her game. We were home by 6:00 P.M., but it was a long day. We have some laundry to do too. April has been very cold and wet. It feels more like cyclocross season than mountain bike season. I’m hoping that when we hit May, the sun comes out.

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Race Results (will be posted when online)

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