2019 Belltown Throwdown

Yesterday’s Belltown Throwdown was the second “annual” but it was our first time doing this East Hampton, Connecticut mountain bike race. The Stage 1 Cycling Team-Airline Cycles and their volunteers hosted another good cycling event.

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We have done their fall cyclocross race (also has Belltown in the name) several times and always enjoy their events. The mountain bike course was near Lake Pocotopaug, just near the center of East Hampton.

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The private land behind Paul & Sandy’s Too (hardware an garden center) was hilly and rugged with plenty of rocky and rooted singletrack. I described it as a classic “New England” style course.

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The long course used by the Cat 1 and Cat 2 riders was 3.6 miles long. For the Cat 3 and 4 riders and Juniors, there were shorter versions of the course, which cut down the length and removed some of the more advanced (technical) features.

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Earlier in the week, it looked like we might skip the race. We had to await the diagnosis of Shepard’s broken wrist (suffered at last Sunday’s West Rock Superprestige Mountain Bike Race). He is in a cast, and mountain biking is out for at least the next six weeks, but he can still ride on flat terrain if he takes it easy and can control his bike with one hand. Running is also fine. When I was warming up, I took him for a ride on the Air Line Trail.

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The entire family was pre-registered for Belltown and we wanted to cheer on all our teammates, so we decided to go. It was a good lesson for Shepard to participate even though he couldn’t race. We are glad we went because we had a lot of fun.

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It was an excellent day for Team HORST Sports. Our juniors: Sean, Boden, Lars, Liam, Owen, and Alexandra did great. Sean and Alex won their respective divisions in the CCAP Spring MTB series. Our Masters riders, including Brett, Art, Debbie, and me also did well. Debbie did two laps of the course and was first among Cat 3 women. Art, Brett, and I were in the late afternoon Cat 1 race which was four laps. The race ended up being 14 miles long and though it only took me 100 minutes, it was a substantial effort.

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This race wrapped up the CBR Offroad Series, but it won’t be our last mountain bike race of the season.

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Race Results

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