Must Be Present to Win-2013 PIR Short Track Series Recap

I WANT SHORT TRACK!

I WANT SHORT TRACK! (photo-Leonard Johnson Hot Foot Photo.com)

I can’t WAIT until Short Track is here!” That is all I can talk about early in the year when cold, Northwest rain makes for soggy mountain bike racing.  Race promoter Kris Schamp (http://www.portlandracing.com) made sure Short Track arrived on time  June 3rd.  Racers were treated to two months of racing at Portland International Raceway motocross course, with temperatures in the 80’s every Monday night. Now THAT is what I’m talking about. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Races are between 30-45 minutes, with competitors completing as many laps as possible (between 4-9 laps average).  Overall  scoring is your best 7 out of 8 races in the series. So you can throw out the one where your legs felt like two ton weights attached at the hips. I was out racing every week to get my fill of the bumpy, energy tapping grass areas, sharp gravel corners, and cotton wood trees dispatching fluffy puffs into the sweet summer air.

Infield motocross course

Infield motocross course

 Beth F, Laurie and Beth Ann came out for some action of their own.  Laurie did one race in the series, just days before her and Dan tied the knot, and her family came out to cheer them both on.  Beth F and Beth Ann both did four races each, including Beth Ann racing on her cyclocross bike one night(post race she didn’t recommend it in the future).

Beth F and a Green Sub rider close behind

Beth F and a Green Sub rider close behind

Beth F took 3rd in her first race/cat 2 u35 followed by a solid 4th place run in her other three races. Beth Ann ruled the cat 1 ladies with two 1st places and two 2nd places.  My best race of the series was 5th in the cat 1 ladies.

Log Ride

Log Ride

The course changed each week with different variations like the “LOG” appearing at the top of a ‘table top’ on the motocross infield, then again two other nights in the twisty tree area.  Some nights the course flows, and others just wear you out. Well EVERY  race wears you out but you are having too much fun to notice until you are done.

Shirt on? Shirt off?

Shirt on? Shirt off?

CASUAL NITE ROCKS!

Prize winner Mielle-CASUAL NITE ROCKS!

Part way through the series, Kris encourages racers to come out and race in casual clothes for CASUAL NITE, with the promise of a PRIZE for the funniest outfit per race category. Any chance to dress up and win a prize means I will give it my all!  Snake skin lycra pants, denim vest with a PEDAL DAMN IT patch, gold gauntlets (borrowed from my Wonder Woman costume) and a flashy scarf really did the trick. I raced in this outfit too! I won a 4 pack of Hop Works beer and a PIR Short Track t-shirt.

Even though raffle prizes are given at random each week, the final race night includes a 25 Team (for fun) Relay, followed by a big raffle and series podium presentation. Unable to get enough Team S&M guys and Les Femmes for a 10 person team, Beth F and I helped out other relay teams for the required 3 woman/jr minimum.

Relay riders waiting

Relay riders waiting

The race started with the first rider on each team RUNNING to their bikes(Le Mans style start- I am in the Hammer Velo jersey on the far right). Any rider not following the rules of the relay was assigned a 10 pushup time penalty. Riders were coming into the relay area and slo-mo crashing ,still clipped in to their pedals, trying to tap the next rider while other teams were suffering pushups. Great fun!

I WANT SHORT TRACK!

I WANT SHORT TRACK!

And a final word. If you put your name in for the raffle prizes, stick around. First time I ever left before the raffle and I found out later I won the Hop Works pub bike, one of the biggest prizes of the raffle. Must be present to win…….

Final Overall Results

Beth F- 7th of 38

Beth Ann- 5th of 30

Mielle- 9th of 30

Photo Credits: Mielle, Le Mans start photo courtesy of Leonard Johnson. Check out the PIR Short Track series race photos by Camas, WA photographer Leonard Johnson at hotfootphoto.com

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