Grand Targhee held their first downhill mountain bike race on Sat and I wanted to show my support so I showed up with a borrowed full-face helmet, some pads, and my Turner Sultan mounted with the fattest tires I own.
After the gnar, the downhill course finished up on the lower Cat-track at Targhee
After my first practice run on the 4" travel Sultan I decided that I might live longer if I rented a bike with more travel so I grabbed a Giant Reign X1 and took another run. Practice run #2 was better but I am not used to getting air with flat pedals and this almost resulted in a serious groin-to-stem collision. With ten minutes til' the start I ditched the flats, mounted my Time clipless to the Reign X, and took the lift to the top.
Downhill racing is violent...and addicting. I want to try it again and hopefully get a few more practice runs in next time. My triceps, wrists, and hands were still sore on Sunday. I don't think I was dead last but it was close. The experts were SO fast it blew me away.