Project 365 - The Lot and Los Olivos Mountain Bike Race
GRAD NITE... GRAD NITE... GRAD NITE... That is pretty much our lives at the moment... however, we were able to get away for a 4-day weekend for the last mountain bike race of the season. The race was up in Los Olivos... right down the street from Firestone Winery (one of Jeff's favorites.) It was a BEAUTIFUL place for a race... the pit was in a meadow... trees... and a HUGE HILL... and about 1,200 feet of climbing on each of the three laps of the race. The climbs were tough, but the downhill... mostly single track... let's just say that I would NEVER make it with my fear of heights!
We stayed with Coach Turek at our family property in Ojai that we call "The Lot." We had a nice and relaxing time up there... Jeff, Anna, puppy Abby and me. Since the famous tractor was out of commission, Jeff took Anna on rides on their bikes around the acre of property... and Abby LOVED running around with them. I don't think Abby stopped smiling for the four days we were there! We spent one morning in downtown Ojai... played at the park and did some chalk art. We had Dave, Mari and Shaney up for a bike ride and dinner and enjoyed their company (as always!)
On race day, Chris made it through 2 of the 3 laps before he had to stop due to intense cramping. The photos here are of Jeff giving Chris last minute support at the start line and Chris making his way down the steep single tracks of the race course. This season might be over, but Chris is looking forward to really training next year for his senior mountain bike season!