Thunder looming in the distance, cool mountain breezes and razor sharp lines greeted everyone at the 3rd race in the series of Fire 5.
Fire 5 #3 saw double black diamond “Upper Chillin” once again creep its nasty head out during the series. For the people who missed the last race (#2) and “Upper Chillin”, it was a chance to own it and for the people who raced it on #2, it was their chance to improve upon it; taking that recent race experience and capitalize.
The difference between race #2 and #3 was the 2nd part of the course. This time fitness and pedaling ability will be the key for overall victory with “Lemonade” now in the picture, the Enduro riders were rejoicing. If you did not want your back run up on from your minute man, you better pedal your heart out, because the single track part of the course did not have many opportunities to pass. The perfect ingredients you need to put on a good show.
Conditions were perfect, the dirt nice and tacky from all the evening moisture the mountain had been seeing recently. With Chris Boice leading the series in Pro Men’s, he wanted to make sure he stayed on top, and he certainly looked like he belonged there as well. He came out of the starting ramp with blood on his mind, and ended up finishing 4:23 in 1st place.
The women were also out in full force. The women’s Pro field was the biggest for the women groups, and all wanted to see their pockets lined with cash at the end of the day. Certainly making an exciting race to see who came out on top. When the dust settled, you could see Krista Rust standing on the top step with a time of 5:47.
The Juniors with rubber bones and a fearless mindset, allowed them to take chances, and in some cases beating some of the 18 year old plus riders at their own game. Yonnah Tisserand won for the boys and Hanna Weinman for the girls.
All in all a great race. Looking forward to seeing what is in store at race #4 and the Gravity Games on September 4th.
-Written by Chris Blumenstetter, Events Manager for Angel Fire Bike Park
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