Former biathlete, current coach….all round nordic enthusiast!

An elite athlete competing in the sport of biathlon: nordic ski racing combined with marksmanship

Monday, July 30, 2012

"Fatisfaction Guaranteed"

This past weekend was the Nordic Heritage Club's annual Fat Tire Festival...this year's motto: "Fatisfaction Guaranteed". I'm pretty sure everyone in attendance this year was satisfied. We had perfect weather...well, maybe a little hot. We had dry trails as opposed to last year when it poured all night before the 12-hour race and then again as competitors left the start. The competition was friendly but fierce and I'm pretty sure everyone had fun. 

I took on my first mountain bike race with a four-person team comprised of Meghan Swan, Jacqueline Martin, Gabby Naranja, and myself. We wore hot pink shirts and took the team name "Cleats and Cleavage". Gabby and I are already scheming for next year...maybe a two person team? Could be fun. 

Pictures courtesy of Peter Freeman, Tom Shay, Nate Berry, and Kahl Husain. 

And they're off! The race started with an on-foot sprint around the NHC building to the start line where riders had set their bikes. 

Seth heads out of the stadium on lap 1. 

Me riding the single track...

Seth and Andy took 2nd in the Men's Two-Man division.

Day two of the Fat Tire Festival includes a mountain bike biathlon race so I helped Seth run the range for that event. We had a good turnout this year in the adult/.22 race with 17 competitors. They shot two prone stages without slings....

Here Seth is giving quick instructions on range safety, position, and rifle function. 

Kameron Husain, a MWSC Junior Team member, took on the 15-& Up competitors in the race. He shot really well, taking home Best Shooting of Day honors. 

(L) Me watching over a few of our adult competitors on the range, and (R) Sarah, a new MWSC Devo athlete coming into the air rifle range on her bike. 

(L) Kade and I picking out an air rifle, and (R) learning how it works. 

(L) Kade mastering the air rifle, and (R) Rapid-Fire Griffen getting cozy with air rifle. Griffen is only four but really wanted to try shooting after his older sisters started hitting targets.

Sammy and Sarah, MWSC Devo kids, taking home top honors in the kids air rifle division of the mountain bike races. Nice Work!

Thanks to LL Bean and the MWSC Healthy Hometowns Program, Tanner had a new mountain bike to ride around all weekend. I don't think he stopped smiling once. 

Picture of the Day: Kade Ennis couldn't get it on fast enough after he got his name drawn in the raffle and chose a shiny new bike helmet. "I think I'm just gonna wear this for the rest of the day. I'm not taking it off." So cute.  

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