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River Valley BMX SCQR
Sunday August 1st, we packed up the family, including Lina and Sassie and headed for New Ulm for the State Championship Qualifying round at River Valley BMX.  A tight little course set up in the city, a decent facility, and the track had it's own unique challenges.  Nice starting gate, and first straight, which led to a very long first berm and then the track turned in on itself, the second straight, had 3 doubles, that got progressively longer, with steep backsides.  It was interesting for me to have those steep backsides as it showed me that I really need to work on my 'push' off them.  I found myself flying a little too much, but I also found that my manualling has been progressing.  I had age appropriate classes for both sunday, total points on my class bike and 6 in the 41-45 cruiser class. 

First up as usual was the cruiser class, again I was chasing Mike Auman and Scott Kraker, ending up 3rd behind those 2 is getting old, guess I better get some manualling and jumping coaching so I can get just that next step faster.  So I was not able to transfer in the first moto, but did manage to get out front in the second moto, to qualify. 
Next up was the class bike, this one was not quite as age appropriate, but closer, it was a 28+ class.  The other two were about 5 and 10 years younger than me, and I knew going in that the next older guy was fast.  The first moto I was able to keep up with second place and pulled the inside move in the second berm, only to have the guy I passed do the same to me in the third, which relegated me to third, in the second moto I struggled with the steep backsides in class and bonked a couple times leaving me with another third.

Jim raced 8 kids in 15I, and in the first moto really popped the gate and pulled away, transferring out of the first moto. 

I know that it was tough for many racers, and the track definitely had it's challenges with organization and such, so it took quite a while for motos to post and to get the mains going but it was a pretty good sized event for a track that probably doesn't do to many bigger events...  And the heat I am sure didn't help.  They did a pretty good job considering all the stuff that happened...  Anyway...

Main event time, this time I got a much better pop on the gate and was able to haunt Mike and Scott on my cruiser, however I was not able to get by them and they managed to wrestle with each other in the third berm, but did not fall down... *&%*  he he he...  anyway a 3rd for state points i believe gives me 2,2,3 which is pretty good in the extremely competitive 41-45 cruiser class... 

Jim, had a repeat of his heat, but this time he had company, all the way to the finish, it was a GREAT race, as you can see by this pic... this is the last straight.

On my class bike, i managed to stay with the second place rider, and rub elbows with him in the first berm, but after it was obvious that the leader who had 2 aces was not going to crash out I let up, I had 6 points already, so I would have had to win and the guy with 2 wins would have had to take third, which still would not have been enough for me to win but I could have taken over second...  not really worth it as I already have 2 I wins and one Novice win for my class bike...  here is a shot of me on the gate on my class bike, nice shot for a couple of my sponsors, FELT bikes, ODI grips, BELL helmets, and of course you can't miss the BOMBSHELL forks!  and of course Revolution cycle and ski!  Thanks to you all!


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