NEPG Texas National Enduro
April 3, 2011
Wow! Texas is alway interesting, and this year certainly was. With no rain for weeks we knew it would be hardpack and slippery, because last year they had a little rain and it was still hard and a little slick. The course was set up fun and really challenging, but I wasn’t really prepared for the heat. My conditioning prep was not where it need to be and showed by the end of the day. The wind was blowing 30+mph and I think it got near 100 degrees, but hey, everybody runs the same trail in the same conditions.
I was rowed up with Andrew Delong and had a fun day with him. He’s a good guy and we had fun chatting during the resets. Section 1 set up as a good one for me, and in Section 2, which was fast and flowing, I felt really good in.
Section 3, or “Rambo” for the A guys, is always a challenge, and this year was no different. It is a pretty extreme test and one of the harder ones of the season. I was pretty whipped at the end of that one because it is non-stop technical. Section 4 opened back up.
Section 5 was fast and part of the previous days GP race. Even though it was short it took focus and energy to stay on top, and did OK in there but was starting to wear down. Section 6 was nice with a few technical areas thrown in, and I sure was glad to get out of there.
I know what I need to work on for the rest of the season so I hope this is one of my worst performances, even though I always like racing TX and LTR puts on a quality event. My bike and KTMWorld suspension worked great, and I will get up to par with bike shortly.
Congrats to Cody Schafer on the OA amateur, and my SETRA competitor Alex McCree for a solid 12th OA. I ended up 26th OA, so I’ll take the lessons learned and go from there. Congrats to Charlie on the first win of the year!
I have some helmetcam from Rambo Dad is working on – watch for it. See ya in TN!