Tuesday, June 2, 2009
If you are familiar with the Wednesday Night Worlds held at Sundance and Soldier Hollow, you may have heard (or received an email) that the big Expert class will be divided into Expert A and Expert B classes. Basically, they took the series point totals, drew a line through the middle, and put the top half in Expert A and the bottom half in Expert B.
The Expert A is filled with the really fast guys you'd expect to see there. You know, like Mitchell, Alex, Chris, Mark J, Chucky, etc. Oh yeah, and if you keep going down the list, way down at the bottom you'll see a guy named Aaron. Oh Sh!t! That's me!
Reminds me of one of my favorite songs:
Apparently, I made the mistake of racing two races rather than just one before the split was made. I suppose it makes sense though, because I certainly belong in the category above "the" Chad Harris. I mean, he may be a bonafide professional mountain biker, but we all know he pales in comparison to my mtb skillz (sensing a little sarcasm?).
Well, on the bright side, I would not have finished dead last in the Expert A category in either of my previous 2 Wed. night races this year. In my first race at Soldier Hollow, I would have totally smoked Tim H. So what if he finished 1st overall in last week's Wed. night race? And Kenny didn't even finish the Soldier Hollow race! Yeah, he'll come up with some lame excuse like how his belt drive snapped in the middle of the climb, but there's nothing that prevented him from Fred Flinstoning his way to the top and coasting down.
In my second race at Sundance, I would have finished ahead of pro rider Chris H. I don't even need to tell you how much faster I am than him. I'm sure mechanicals had nothing to do with this result.
Anyway, the email from the WeeklyRaceSeries folks said "I do not want to see people who are in the A category trying to jump down into the B category." I'm not sure why we don't just pick a category we feel comfortable with, but if that's the way it's gonna be, I guess I'll be in chase mode this summer. Fortunately I'll have slow guys like Tim and Chris to beat up on.
For the record, I'd race the Wed. night series even if it meant finishing 20 minutes behind everyone else. It's a great series, the people putting it on do a fantastic job, and I'm happy to race in any category, as long as we hit up Tarahumara after Shoot'em up Short Track tomorrow for some churros.