This is what we have been waiting for. Spring time in Texas means beautiful weather and bike racing weekends OMW style!! Unlike the miserable weather we got at the Dripping Springs Mellow Johnnys race, Race #3 and #4 were held under clear blue Texas skies. Race #3 of the TMBRA Texas State Championship Series was at the Pace Bend Race Festival at Pace Bend Park on Lake Travis just outside of Austin, Texas. This course is one of my favorites of the series. The course is on the hillside overlooking the Lake. It has a great combination of technical sections, rock gardens, and fast singletrack. It also has a nice Expo area where we establish the Team area to enjoy all the festivities. Everyone knows we are there with the OMW banner, bike stable, and jammin cooler cranked to 11!! The racing was pretty good too. Gerad Dambrosia brought home 8th place Mens Singlespeed Open. Don Schwieters took 11th place Mens Cat2 50+. Lance “BamBam” Hyde nailed 12th place in Singlespeed cat2/3. Alfredo Lopez showed his race face with a solid 14th place Cat2 men 30-34. And last be not least, Dan Hickman grabbed up the last of the points in 27th place Cat 2 men 45-49. Remember- you cant get any points if you dont get around the course clean and finish. Equally rewarding was the post race party at the OMW canopy. Cold beers anyone?
Race #4 of the series was held at Flat Rock Ranch in Comfort Texas. Another great place for mountain biking. Beautiful hill country trails with plenty of ledges and climbing. They dont call it the “Upper Loop” for nothing. Hospital Hill is also a great spot for spectators to enjoy the race action. With names like Upper Loop and Hospital Hill you know youre in for a good time. (Although we are not big fans of the ranch owner, and he’s not a big fan of us. But thats a whole nutha story!) Of course we rolled in Saturday morning and established Team camp up on the hill in our normal spot. Canopy and banner set up. Tents set up. But no fire this year due to the burn ban. Last years fire could be seen from outer space!! Oh, the ranch owner made it clear he was anxious about us starting trouble again this year. But I digress. Gerad cooked up a nice dinner for everyone Saturday night and we proceeded to get good and hydrated for the next days races. Sunday turned out to be another beautiful day for racing. Gerad Dambrosia went off first in the Singlespeed Open class and rode to a strong 5th place finish!! Gregg Colvin also had a great day coming in 6th place in Cat2/3 Singlespeed. Lance Hyde rolled in right behind him in 9th place. Don Schwieters took 8th place mens Cat2 50+. Allen Brady got 15th place mens Cat2 45-45 and Dan Hickman rolled in just behind him in 19th place. Another successful day of racing and another great weekend of road tripping for OMW racing!! OMW has put 3 guys in the top 10 for the Overall so far. Lance is 4th, Don is 6th, and Gerad is in 9th. Halfway throug the race season and we are just getting warmed up! Next up- The Bent Wheel Bash in Abilene Texas.