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2022 Winter Short Track Series is here!
11/19/21 at 2:13pm
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Reply #1 - 11/24/21 at 8:33am
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any details on if they are building a course or using existing trails?
  

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Reply #2 - 11/24/21 at 11:42am
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pearl wrote on 11/24/21 at 8:33am:
any details on if they are building a course or using existing trails?


A FB post from winter short track made it seem like they are building some new and using existing for the track.  I like the venue move.  Rock Hill has an amazing cycling complex but has lots of room to grow with mtb
  

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Reply #3 - 11/24/21 at 3:35pm
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TrillWill wrote on 11/24/21 at 11:42am:


A FB post from winter short track made it seem like they are building some new and using existing for the track.  I like the venue move.  Rock Hill has an amazing cycling complex but has lots of room to grow with mtb


That complex is amazing, I've spend a lot of time racing in circles in that area! It is a bummer that another event is moving out of Charlotte area though.
  

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Reply #4 - 11/29/21 at 11:09am
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Mebbe?

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teamdicky wrote on 11/29/21 at 11:09am:
Mebbe?

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oh good, i already know where to jump from all the MAC races I've done with that much road lol
  

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Reply #6 - 11/30/21 at 10:21am
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get your cross bikes ready...
  

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Reply #7 - 11/30/21 at 1:42pm
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Wears my bike wrote on 11/30/21 at 10:21am:
get your cross bikes ready...


maybe add some wooden doubles to the Crit course a la rumble in the concrete jungle  Grin
  

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Re: 2022 Winter Short Track Series is here!
Reply #8 - 11/30/21 at 1:49pm
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pearl wrote on 11/24/21 at 3:35pm:


That complex is amazing, I've spend a lot of time racing in circles in that area! It is a bummer that another event is moving out of Charlotte area though.


Yea, it's crazy to think it's at this point, but we don't have any mtb race promoters/producers based in CLT any more.  It's hard to have races when there aren't folks to put them on.  I'm pretty sure Neal is out of the game full time and just does the winter ST as a side gig (which is awesome).

I guess USNWC does races, but I've never been to one.
  

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Reply #9 - 11/30/21 at 11:09pm
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Wears my bike wrote on 11/30/21 at 10:21am:
get your cross bikes ready...

I didn't want to say it... but with almost a mile of road and .6 mile of trail, I wonder how gnarly the trail is in that direction. When I did the MTB race last year it was really raw compared to the rest of the trails here in Charlotte (which I loved, like you actually had to have bike handling skills)

TrillWill wrote on 11/30/21 at 1:49pm:


Yea, it's crazy to think it's at this point, but we don't have any mtb race promoters/producers based in CLT any more.  It's hard to have races when there aren't folks to put them on.  I'm pretty sure Neal is out of the game full time and just does the winter ST as a side gig (which is awesome).

I guess USNWC does races, but I've never been to one.


Maybe I'll quit racing and try and put some stuff on... one day.
  

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Reply #10 - 01/31/22 at 10:26am
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Sadly I forgot my gopro and the rest of my gear for this race, so I don't have any good evidence... I ran my Exploro with 42mm tires and I think it gave me a slight advantage over someone on a mtb. If you have the horsepower, it doesn't matter what bike you run, but being able to jam it into 42/11 with the tailwind, in the drops, was certainly faster. I may have lost 5-7 seconds in the woods though.
  

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Reply #11 - 02/08/22 at 3:05pm
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me visiting this thread to discuss how races went
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Reply #12 - 02/08/22 at 4:24pm
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The track and location itself have demotivated a lot of past participants. While I love seeing improvements in participation from youth and women's groups, and I personally want to support the local racing, this is just a format I can't get behind.
  

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Reply #13 - 02/10/22 at 4:40pm
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I was usually good for one or two races at the old Renni venue. It was certainly a power course but the high speed flow section and punchy tech climbs evened things out for bike handlers and those with more "explosive" mtb-type fitness. I felt like I could hang on to people with better fitness than me. Made for good racing.

This new venue is twice the distance from my house and gives zero advantages to a mountain biker over a "dirt roadie". FTP and race strategy is all that counts. Unfortunately it's just a crit with some dirt sprinkled on it or like a cross race without the weirdness that makes cross fun (run-ups, barriers, weird off camber stuff, etc). 

These events are always well put together and if I was more interested in racing for the sake of racing, I'm sure they'd be a good time. Course just does nothing for me this time. If they choose to repeat next year, maybe they/we can work on adding more to the singletrack in terms of length and features.
  
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Re: 2022 Winter Short Track Series is here!
Reply #14 - 02/20/22 at 5:27pm
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I do like the reverse direction that we did this week.  Hopefully we run it again next week.
  

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