MTB Season Episode I: MIT Sliderule Shredfest
Six Penn State mountain bikers ventured to Charlemont, MA, for MIT’s Sliderule Shredfest. Heavy rain on Saturday night and Sunday morning lead ECCC officials to alter the downhill course. The revised course put Penn State riders into uncharted territory, but they were nonetheless able to excel. The XC and short track races took riders across root-covered trails, tight singletrack, and slick loamy-silt. Despite the muddy weekend, Penn State riders racked up points and earned 8th in the ECCC omnium.
Downhill Dan doing what he does best
Downhill Dan Lewis:
Dan took a break from crushing Strava descents at Rothrock to test his mettle in New England. True to his nickname, he barreled downhill to a 10th place finish in Men’s A’s. Needless to say, the only thing going up is his position in the ECCC leaderboards.
Though well known for his speechcraft and rucking prowess, President Hazlett proved a force to be reckoned with in cat C downhill. He rode his Specialized (named Air Force 1) to a 14th place finish.
Will Vickerman, luxury kit enthusiast, eschewed the beginners’ C category and went straight to B’s to race XC. Nearly half the field DNF’d the race, but Will persevered, earning a 6th place finish.
“Handsome” Rob Shurer
Rob Shurer, Pinkbike celebrity, competed in his first collegiate race. He likewise started in B’s and finished 12th in Men’s B downhill.
Avi takes flight
Avi took 5th in the men's B's dual slalom event. The course was tight, and other riders found it difficult to maintain speed. Not to be outdone, he also got 15th in the downhill race.
Women’s B’s wasn’t ready for Kirsten’s return. Kirsten competed in both the short track and XC races, and earned 2nd and 3rd. Though a technical trail rider at heart, Kirsten is considering racing a downhill event next week.
Steve Clayton, notable A rider, is still nursing his broken ankle. His doctor has put him on a strict regimen of road riding, and Steve is often seen pedaling up Black Mo at speeds that rival PSU roadies. The rest of the Mtber’s await his glorious return to downhill, and the restoration of balance to the Force.