OMA RD 2 Millerstown, KY.
This past weekend's OMA/KORHS race in Millerstown, KY. was just the confidence booster I was looking for. I actually rode whole lot better than at the 1st rd. last month. Due to the amount of rainfall southern KY. had recieved over the past few weeks I spent most of the day on Saturday prepping my bike and myself for a grueling race.
I like these close races because I can stay at home on Saturday and sleep in my own bed that night then drive to the event in the morning. I got there early so I woud have plenty of time to ride my bicycle around and check out the course since I skipped practice on Sat. evening. After the first few miles of treking through the woods it became very apparent that the track was going to deteriorate quickly and rut up really bad. It was pretty much a carbon copy of the event last year with the conditions, so I had a good idea what to expect.
I got a good start and passed a few others in the opening couple of miles thanks to the ridiculous amount of power my big girl has. I settled into a good pace learning the course and watching for alternate lines once the main trail became nearly impassable later on in the race. I became very clear that the person who made the least amount of mistakes and kept moving was going to come out ahead.
I pretty much raced alone all day except for the catching some pour unforunate souls who were stuck or just plain gave up. I actually high-sided in a rut once at speed and the rut was so deep that it pitched me off the bike, but the bike stayed up right and running. I was actually laughing when I looked up and saw it. Other than that I rode a really consistent race and my Yamaha never missed a beat except some coolant. I was awarded with second place and 16th overall. It definitely paid to be a bit on the tall side, but the draw back was I kept hitting my head on the low lying limbs. My speed is getting back up to where it needs to be and I will continue to work on it before the next round in Ohio.
I have got alot of work to do this week because I am planning on going to Pa. this weekend for the GNCC just to keep on racing and improving. Plus it is one of the only GNCC's I like because it is really rocky and gnarly in the woods. Thanks to my pit crew Brit of Stuk Designs and Dave Chamberlain of Team Off-Camber.
Keep checking the site because I am sure Whitey got some good photos and video from the race!
Marty Michels #439
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Posted on 13 May 2009 by Marty