The last 30 seconds in the start chute at the World Championships are the most stressful and highest concentration of energy you’ll find in a mountain bike race, all season. You have the culmination of a life time’s worth of training, the hopes, dreams, goals and aspirations of 100 riders from all around the globe pushing on their pedals whilst applying pressure to their brakes simultaneously, 100 pairs of legs reverberating and ready to explode at the sound of the starter’s pistol.
Once the tape is pulled back and gun fires, 12 months of training is unleashed and finally the riders can get to doing what they do best…pedaling. But in those preceding seconds, time stops as the riders push their pedals, resist their brakes, and apply maximal tension and somehow maximal relaxation awaiting their release. To pause and feel that energy, the vibrations of the crowd, the announcers, your own internal voice which is screaming GOOOOOOOOO is an amazing balance and a scene that you’ll only find once a year, and to embrace it from the bike, on the starting
line, is something very few riders are privileged to participate in.
Rotem Ishay, representing Israel, and Rob Squire, representing the United States, both competed in last weekend’s World Championships at Mt. Ste. Anne in Quebec, racing their Dakota dXC Team hard tails on the famous course that saw Spain’s Jose Hermida take the rainbow jersey in the elite men’s race.
Both athletes completed their races without quite achieving the podium medals they both continue to dream of, but in sport, as in life, there is always next week, the next challenge, and the next
opportunity to hope and achieve.
With Rotem and Robbie in the big show, Team Jamis members Blake Harlan and Jason Sager took up the split and diversify approach to covering domestic racing – with Harlan traveling to Central Ohio to support the Jamis demo tour at the Manatoc Challenge and Sager visited Minnesota’s Maplelag stage race.
Sager took the overall victory in Minnesota, consummated by wins in the race’s TT and XC stages, having lost the sprint in the STXC to local power house Doug Swanson, while Harlan put in another weekend in the trenches, racing Manatoc’s cyclocross and xc events between sending riders out all weekend on Jamis Dakar 650B’s.
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Source: Jamis Media