Sunday, July 7, 2013
Masons Midsummer Meltdown 2013 Race Report
Well, the Masons Midsummer Meltdown is in the books. The day started at 6 am, putting the finishing touches on course markings and setting up the start/finish line. We had a wonderful turn out of Trail Masons’ family and friends volunteering in every way to make this day possible. The trails were in perfect shape thanks to a little help from Mother Nature overnight knocking down the dust for us. Hector with his KC Mobile bike repair was in full swing helping racers fine tune their bikes for the day’s events.
With Jr’s, Cat 3 and Marathon registration closed we were getting ready for the rider meeting when I get a call from Kidd Williams, who was preriding the course for us, he reported a downed tree blocking the course that wasn’t there the night before! With a few words to Heather, our very helpful USA Cycling Official, we postponed the race for a few minutes while I went to investigate. I gathered up our crack team of Trail Masons, Shane, Jason, and Bob, who all piled into my Jeep and off we went with a Pulaski and Cutter mattock in hand we arrived at the closest access point and trudged through poison ivy to get to the downed tree. We saw that it would take some work but we knew we could get it cleared before racers arrived at that point on the course so I abandoned the A-Team to clear the tree and rumbled back to the Start to get the rider meeting underway and sent Cat 3, Jr’s and Marathon on their way. From this point on we kept the surprises a bit more in check.
The registration team worked like a machine and scoring was virtually problem free. As the Marathon riders started blasting through the line and going out for their 2nd lap we got reports of a few riders in need. With the Midwest Mountain Bike patrol on course I knew all would be well soon. Unfortunately the Cat 3 Women took some hits with Carly bowing out with a tacoed front wheel and Melissa taken out with a knee wound from one of the rocky technical sections. As the day continued the course took some more victims but mainly with flat tires or broken chains and the occasional bump and scrape. As things worked out, we timed everything just right so that the top 5 marathon riders were starting another lap just as we were setting Cat 1 loose to chase them down.
The day heated up and the humidity skyrocketed turning things into a true meltdown with many riders suffering from cramps and hand ups of salt pills being desperately needed by many. Some of my highlights of the day were seeing a full podium of Jr racers led by Christopher Locke; seeing Roger Williams starting the race and putting in 5 laps of the course on a rear wheel with a broken spoke; Tige Lamb breaking a chain and still battling his way to winning his category; and seeing Garet Stiemetz take flight putting down a 30 minute lap with his other laps not far behind. After all the dust cleared many deserving racers got to take home some unique and memorable nuclear waste drum awards and one lucky rider got to take home a nice new Yellie Screemy frame from a raffle put on by one of our friends of the trail.
As a new race promoter and primarily a trail builder the day, though exhausting, was very gratifying seeing 119 racers enjoying the trails that our wonderful volunteers helped build. I would like to thank all of our Trail Masons volunteers and their families for making the trails and this race happen. I also would like to thank Epic Bike and sport for providing the seed money to get the race off its feet and many of the prizes given out in the raffle, the Wheel Cyclery for providing the after race refreshments and tacos, KC Mobile Bike repair for getting the racers ready and providing some tune up certificates for the raffle, Skin Quest Tattoos for some nice $150 tattoo gift certificates, Roger Harrison and Lantern Rouge for Photography, the Cow Town team for backing me with years of knowledge and supplies, Andy Schuette for transcribing all the results and posting it in UFD and lastly my wonderful wife and daughters for supporting me in both this race and all the trail building craziness I do.
See you all on the trail,
Trail Mason Cliff Jones