Date: May 17th, 2015
Race: H2H Race #3 Rumble in the Jungle - NJ State MTB Championship
Location: West Milford, NJ
Rider(s): Nicole LaGorga
Today's race was a 2-1/12 hour drive up to the top of the state in West Milford. When I arrived a friend and former teamate of ours had just finished her race. She was bleeding from multiple places, and talking about wet rocks and carnage. She was smiling though as she'd done really well in her race and had a lot of fun. Everyone around me seemed to be pretty beat up and I tried to tune out their crash stories as I got my gear on. I was nervous to race a technical course that I'd never ridden before, so I decided to go out to roll around a little before my start. As I was in the porta-potty, the cat- something Men went off. Within a half a second there was a crash that I'm glad I only heard in there and didnt have to see. People were yelling medic as I got on my bike, but I didn't look over. I got on the course for a little bit until I realized I was riding the cat1 section, and then i turned around and pedaled back to the start. Luckily the Cat3 course was shorter and less difficult than what the other categories had to race. It was still hard though. There was pavement, roots, rocks, logs, water crossings, rocks- did i mention rocks? And a gravel climb up to the finish. Y'all know how I love a climb. It's always worth it when you come home with a medal though, isn't it?
Nicole LaGorga-3rd place