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Race Report from Joe Lawwill

Southridge Super D course, dry, dusty goodness.  Photo: Michael McClure
The final Super D race of the 2011 Winter Series presented by Shimano saw the largest field of Super D racers to date! Conditions were much drier than the previous event, which meant some sections were very slippery so it was going to be interesting to see how this was going to effect riders.  The Super D course isn’t marked till the day of the race so riders only get a short period of time to dial in the course, so it was interesting to see if were riders would improve on their times or if the conditions would slow them down.

Joe Lawwill: The man with the plan enjoying the course. Photo: Michael McClure

After setting the course markers and doing some course clean up I noticed many new faces working their way up the course. I have been trying hard to spread the word about how much fun Super D is.  I am not trying to replace downhill racing, but I am optimistic about the potential Super D has if done right. I noticed a few of the downhill regulars giving it a shot, which was great.  Everyone I heard from said they were loving the course and planned on doing it again. Riding the Super D's a great way to fine tune both your skills and your fitness as well as get much more time on the bike while at an event.

Photo: Michael McClure

When it came time to race all-around cycling stud Waylon Smith cleaned up by stomping all of us by almost 7 seconds! The rest of podium, all guys who raced the same course 2 weeks before, all improved their times by a good amount which was surprising considering the course was pretty slick in many places. Good thing for the rest of us Waylon wasn’t here last time or he may have really made us all look bad!  

 -Joe Lawwill
“Bikeskills Instructor”

Pro men's podium.  Photo: Michael McClure

Results:
1 - Waylon Smith             5.32.04
2 - Joe Lawwill                 5:38.99
3 - Eric Carter                   5:40.23
4 - Jon Buckell                 5:41.19
5 - Logan Binggeli           5:44.26


Quick Stats:
Winning Pro Time: 5:32.04                
Last weeks winning time: 5:46.08
Total Descent: Approx: 900 feet
Total Ascent: Approx: 150 feet
Total Length: 1.5 miles

The next Super D event in Fontana is May 21, 2011.  Check out www.southridgeusa.com for more info.


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