2011 Spring Thaw!

Another weekend, another snowy mountain bike race! This past weekend was the 20th Annual Spring Thaw, which takes place in Ashland, Oregon. If you haven’t visited Ashland yet, we suggest you get on it; the town is awesome and the riding is phenomenal-there really is no reason not to go…

Saturday started off with a few threatening clouds in the sky, but that’s how they stayed all day, never following through on any of their threats. This kept the weather nice and cool — perfect for XC racing!  We were set up smack-dab in the middle of Lithia Park. With a couple of pop-up tents, and a brand-new Edict Pro to show off, our booth was busy all day.  The XC Race went off smooth, as did the raffle, and we wrapped up on Saturday to prepare ourselves for the DH at Four Corners on Sunday.

Peering out of the window of our luxerious Super 8 Motel Sunday morning, it appeared that the threatening clouds had finally followed through; Water was falling from the sky, and had been all night. This didn’t phase anyone with the Felt Crew, as most mountain bike events are coupled with sour weather patterns. We were a bit distraught, however, when we reached the summit of the DH course at Four Corners and found that the water had been freezing before falling to the ground producing something called “snow,” something us SoCal residents rarely deal with. Luckily, for the sake of mountain bike racing and leaving the venue post race, the snow was not sticking to the ground.  Race time rolled around quickly, and everyone was pumped to slip and slide down the course.

Felt Athlete Casey Coffman

Felt Athlete Jared Kessler

Felt had two athletes pioloting their Compulsions in the DH race-Casey Coffman and Jared Kessler. In a stroke of radness, both Felt Athletes managed to end up with a top ten result in the pro class- Jared with an 8th place and Casey landed on the podium with a 3rd! These were some awesome results, considering the heavy hitters that were competeing. Casey was ecstactic with his result, here is what he had to say post race:

The Compulsion was the perfect bike for the Spring Thaw course. Conditions were completely different on race day with a mix of snow and rain. I had a couple small mistakes in my run, but altogether it was a good run. My legs felt strong coming out of the switchbacks and on the small climb to the finish. Overall a great weekend! Thanks Felt bicycles!

Casey Standing Tall on the Podium

Mother Nature sure did her best to hamper the fun during the weekend, but we overcame, and had a good time anyway. We can’t wait to return to Ashland next month for the Ashland Super D, as the trails in Ashland are too good to be away from for long. We just hope it stops looking like this outside (so we can maximize our shred factor!):

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