Date: May 19th, 2014
Race Type: Mountain bike
Riders: Jessica "Dirt Diva" Kutz
EPS rider Jessica Kutz headed down to Maryland this weekend to take on her second mountain bike race of the year!! Not only did Jessie rock it out in the dirt but she did so well she qualified to take part in the National Mountain Bike Championships in Pennsylvania later this year!!! Way to go Jessica!!
Check out Jess's thoughts on her weekends activities!!
From Jessica Kutz's perspective.... "This weekend I hit the road and went south to race one of my favorite early season races in Maryland- the Greenbrier MTB race. This was a national’s qualifier so I was really hoping to have a good day. Usually this race is super early in the season (April) but this year it got pushed back to May…which is good for me since I am just kicking off my season. After a minor mishap going over the bars during our local single-track race in State College on Tuesday (note: I still have not developed the skills to fly- such a shame), I was mostly healed up and ready to race! I raced in the women’s open Cat 1 field. There were actually wayyyyy more cat 1 women racing however many chose to race in their age group to ensure a qualification for nationals (rock on ladies!) I’m currently lacking the confidence to go right from the gun so my start was eh…actually really eh considering I might have been in almost last going up the start climb. But once we got going I used the ladies in front of me as motivation to start riding hard. The course is rocky with LOTS of climbing…the steep kind that makes you really want a lower back massage after (nope didn’t get one of those- but I did have a burrito! Good enough). Thanks to Mother Nature we also had some really muddy conditions- my favorite, I’m a mudder! I rode my way up to 4th by the end of the 1st lap. I spent the next lap hanging on and deciding my next move. It’s nice in a mountain bike race if you can make a move that will get you out of sight from the racers you are with- “out of sight out of mind” really tends to work to your advantage in the woods. We dropped a rider on lap two so I was left with a woman (also named Jessica) and then another rider way up in front. I focused on riding smooth and made my move to get out of sight right away in lap three and was able to stay away for the final lap. WHOOHOO 2nd for the day, which qualifies me for nationals (in PA late July) WOOT! I’m not going to lie- I’m hungry for the win in the Cat 1 race. Ginny, a youngster, has finished in front of me the last two weekends. Stay tuned as we duke it out next weekend while we race the Transylvania Mountain Bike Epic 3-day stage race! Looking forward to #singletracksummercamp as the promoters call it, I know better…it will be a killer hard race. Maybe if I’m lucky I’ll have a fast new whip to race on by then!