Team Jamis wraps up ShoAir Pro XCT stop #4 at Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado with a a bloody chin, swollen lip, and a little dirt on its shoulder.
We’d be lying if it was said that racing is an easy endeavor. The last two weekends Team Jamis tackled high altitude events in Vail and in Colorado Springs with mixed results – blood, sweat, tears and gears but not quite the results we were hoping and had become accustomed to.
Rotem Ishay, 22, brought home Team Jamis at both events, finishing another solid 11th at the #4 round of the US Pro XC Tour this weekend. Taking their licks were Adam Snyder and Jason Sager, battling through the field of 100 riders and in the trenches of the course’s 1000′ climb and twisty, loose, and rocky descent to finish together in 28th and 29th. Seamus McGrath and Blake Harlan, both battling respiratory infections, struggled to get their engines going – Harlan simply succeding by turning the pedals over while McGrath pulled the plug after giving it the old college try.
Pulling his weight, and then some, for Team Jamis, Rotem Ishay cited organization and equipment as one of the things he counts on when focusing on an event. “Here at the Springs, we had so many guys not feeling well. I was able to go off on my own, focus, and simply tackle the course without worry.”
Ishay continued “Today’s track was very tricky – a fast and smooth climb followed with techincal rock section and very loose, marble covered corners. All weekend I debated between the carbon hardtail and the Team Dakar XCR. In the end the perfect balance was the Jamis carbon hard tail with Geax Tubulars on our Edge wheels. You can run the tubulars soft enough to handle the rocks and marbles, yet the entire package is a rocket ship on the climbs!”
Team Jamis will be supported in their adventures and racing conquests by Jamis Bicycles. The bikes are fully equipped with SRAM shifting components installed with Gore RideOn fully sealed cable systems, Edge carbon clincher and tubular wheels, handlebars, stems, and seat posts, FSA cranks and bottom brackets, WTB saddles and grips, Geax tubular and clincher mtb tires, Chris King precision hubs, Hayes hydralic brakes, Fox suspension products, Crank Brothers pedals, and Clif Bar nutrition. Team jerseys and all technical apparel are provided by Mt. Borah clothing, helmets and gloves by Louis Garneau.
source: Craig Hoyt – Jamis