The Joy of Mountain Biking

MadisonDan

Well-Known Member
Team MTBNJ Halter's
I 100% agree, and have asked that the title be changed! (update - the title on bike reg now says OPEN)
May want to have the individual organizers update their bikereg pages as well.


Side note.... LOVE the idea of the "Season Pass" for the entire series. I sincerely hope a lot of people take advantage of this.

That's all I got.
 

pixychick

JORBA: Ringwood
JORBA.ORG
I noticed less and less women each year and less classes as well. Not sure what's up with women's racing. I do know from experience that no women to race against does not feel like racing. I was a tad bummed when they cut master Cat 1 last year, but after racing with a bunch of 15 year olds, I was ok with it. I just had to tell myself to be thankful to have any females to race with, regardless of the age. It does suck not getting equal opportunity to men. It happens all through cycling all the way up to pro.

I hope that this change will not scare any women away because the numbers are already too low! I hope it makes them tougher racers. One thing that men may not understand is that some women are not as competitive as men and may not mind a small class. With smaller numbers, more women get to experience podium, which I think is a great opportunity for women. I noticed that at my first race and it is still like that 24 years later.
 

KenS

JORBA: Director
JORBA.ORG
I am following this issue closely, and was a "fly on the wall" at the H2H meeting when it was discussed. My perception is that the promoters and organizers of BOTH local series are doing everything they feel appropriate to attain maximum participation, maximum fun. Both series ask for feedback, crunch numbers, seek consensus among promoters, and execute. I am certain that they care as much as anyone about the health of racing in our area.

My hope is that NICA contributes to increased race participation numbers in the coming years, particularly in the female ranks. Our state is currently second lowest in NICA female participation across the country, pretty much neck-and-neck with New York. (regional issue?) If you are a female cyclist reading this post, please reflect on how we can change that. I don't have all of the answers, but I am certain that if more women enthusiasts got involved, more girls would benefit. Our league's women coaches have answered that call btw, and I am happy to report that we are among the leagues with the highest ratio of women coaches. It may take time, but I am confident that we can make positive change.

We recently secured significant grant funding for a "Try it Out" program, aimed at introducing new riders to mountain biking. A large part of this initiative will be dedicated to female specific events. We go "live" in March. Maybe some regional women racers who are not already NICA coaches can schedule a ride(s)? Please shoot me a pm or email ken(at)newjerseymtb.org.
 

MissJR

not in the mood for your shenanigans
Team MTBNJ Halter's
ok sooo... look...

i went into this hot-headed and heavy-handed... i get that. and, this being the internets and all and not taking a moment to censor myself a little better, shit spewed out and then someone turned on the fan and shit flew back. i get that. even at 40+, i'm still learning.... slowly and painfully but still learning.

and yeah... i want more people to race... larger fields... i've said that from the beginning because i'm selfish and i want to improve and hanging out with the faster ladies might help me accomplish that. i've also said i don't give a shit about points or trophies or podiums so the changes in the H2H races should make me feel better, right? well... eh. something still feels off about it to me. unfair to me maybe? unfair to a teen maybe? i don't know. in theory, cat 2 is cat 2 regardless of age... but old folks know that sometimes there is a distinct advantage to being young and on your parents health insurance. and i'm not the lone cat 2 woman with this thinking.

will i stop racing? meh. probably not. as @KenS was pointing out (and @stb222 's video), with so few women in the sport, maybe i should be thinking of this more of a mentor kind of thing. hey, i know i ain't got cat 1 potential... but maybe i can help someone half my age get there.

anyway... i'm still absorbing all this shit in my tiny little woman brain. it's not the first time i don't like or agree with something and it sure as hell won't be the last. but i keep on going... until i don't because i'm currently working on 1 hour of sleep from a train nap in the past 24 + hours and i'm pretty sure i'm going to hit a wall very very soon.
 

w_b

Well-Known Member
and that's why you turn to this fine community, to pull you back from the edge....

but, you gotta wipe the shit off yourself, we ain't helping wit dat.
 

MissJR

not in the mood for your shenanigans
Team MTBNJ Halter's
some more updates:

so it looks like i'm volunteering to help out at the short track races. maybe i can at least race one of them, but @Norm requested some help and i know how hard it is to get volunteers sometimes, soooo... i'll be at the races just not racing per se.

and there's another unfortunate race fail... i won't be racing the iron furnace 25k either. family deal. just kinda worked out that way. i've asked my sister to see if her church could move my nephew's communion to another weekend, but i'm doubting that will happen. ah well. shit happens.

as far as riding/training goes... i've been able to do a couple of rides outside (yay!) this winter even if some of them were really fucking cold. and i've been riding the trainer (using trainer road) and watching episodes of The Grand Tour and Top Gear. not that i seem to be getting stronger after seeing my pitiful riding at the Allaire group ride this weekend though. sigh. i was all mentally prepared to kick ass too.

i'm also in the process of setting up a demo of a full tilt boogie so i can kick ass in cross later this year.

HAHAHAHAHA

i crack myself up. kick ass in cross... HAHAHAHA. i promise to still wear a tutu or dress in costume tho.

:D

today's kind of a shitty day... i promise to be more colorful the next time i post an update.
 

MissJR

not in the mood for your shenanigans
Team MTBNJ Halter's
RACE RECAP! Ringwood Rumble H2H Race #2 uhhh... #1

I was so not ready for this race. I wish the order of the H2H races were a little different because I would love to have done this race like in a month after I got a little more riding under my belt this year. I think a lot of people probably feel like me where the winter was just total shit for their riding. Going into the H2H season last year, I at least had a short track race and a biking trip to Sedona to get me warmed up. This year? Not so much. I mean I rode the trainer but that sucks balls after a while. And yeah, maybe it helps with the fitness level, but you're on a fucking stationary bike... that doesn't help jack shit with riding over rocks in a race.

ANYWAY... I like the course a lot and I really should ride Ringwood more. Honestly, I don't know why I don't hit it up more often.

OK... so the race... there were 5 ladies in Cat 2 this year. Two of the ladies I know personally @sarcaro and Dieci (is she on the forum?) and I know both of them can kick my ass... although D did take some time off racing last year... the other two ladies I don't know but I just assumed they were ass-kickers too. Add in to that I haven't been riding and I was just hoping to finish the fucking race at this point. Whatever.

Before the race even starts, I make a couple of key mistakes. I wasn't sure which pedals to ride. I have the flats on the bike now and they seem to take a little more energy out of me riding... but, since it's a rocky course and I haven't been riding, I figured I might not want the clipless pedals on the bike. I went with flats but I'm still not sure that was the right decision. Easier to walk (because, yeah, I had to fucking walk... sigh) but also easier to chicken out on the rocky bits. Another mistake I made was overdressing for the weather. I wore a jacket because I was so cold at the start but I wound up having to take it off during the race because I was overheating. I also wore a skull cap... same fucking overheating mistake so I had to stop again to take that off. Awesome. :/ And since shit comes in threes, the other mistake I made was I didn't pre-ride. Always preferable, but Saturday I was volunteering at Monkey Knife Fight where @Santapez and crew where riding. I don't know Ringwood well and I think it would have been a lot more helpful to have at least hit up some of those sections in a non-race setting.

So the race... the three ladies were off on their own early on (totally predictable) and it was just me and D for a little bit but she passed me because I suck at hills and I had to stop to de-layer and shit... and I rode really really sloppy and I got to the point where I just said Fuck it: don't race, just ride... but then I spotted D off in the distance and I was like OOOOHHHH... MAYBE... and then I got sloppier and made a wrong turn (by the way, when your head is down and you see what looks like a dirt turn off vs something that's rocky... don't take the dirt turn off... in ringwood, IT'S ALWAYS THE ROCKY WAY!) and then all hope was lost. I did finish and I didn't have any mechanicals like the ones that plagued me last year but I'm disappointed. I really don't give a shit about the podium and where I stand in comparison to everyone else. What I'm not happy with is how I rode. I have to give myself a little leeway with not having much biking going into this race, but I know I can ride cleaner. I like the rocky stuff... I like the challenge of the techy stuff... I might fucking suck at it at times, but I like that stuff the most. And I hate that I rode like shit there. I should have been like five-ten minutes faster and closer to competing with D. Maybe I sabotage myself. I don't know. I'm just hoping to have a cleaner race at Mooch, even if it means another DFL under my belt.
 
RACE RECAP! Ringwood Rumble H2H Race #2 uhhh... #1

I was so not ready for this race. I wish the order of the H2H races were a little different because I would love to have done this race like in a month after I got a little more riding under my belt this year. I think a lot of people probably feel like me where the winter was just total shit for their riding. Going into the H2H season last year, I at least had a short track race and a biking trip to Sedona to get me warmed up. This year? Not so much. I mean I rode the trainer but that sucks balls after a while. And yeah, maybe it helps with the fitness level, but you're on a fucking stationary bike... that doesn't help jack shit with riding over rocks in a race.

ANYWAY... I like the course a lot and I really should ride Ringwood more. Honestly, I don't know why I don't hit it up more often.

OK... so the race... there were 5 ladies in Cat 2 this year. Two of the ladies I know personally @sarcaro and Dieci (is she on the forum?) and I know both of them can kick my ass... although D did take some time off racing last year... the other two ladies I don't know but I just assumed they were ass-kickers too. Add in to that I haven't been riding and I was just hoping to finish the fucking race at this point. Whatever.

Before the race even starts, I make a couple of key mistakes. I wasn't sure which pedals to ride. I have the flats on the bike now and they seem to take a little more energy out of me riding... but, since it's a rocky course and I haven't been riding, I figured I might not want the clipless pedals on the bike. I went with flats but I'm still not sure that was the right decision. Easier to walk (because, yeah, I had to fucking walk... sigh) but also easier to chicken out on the rocky bits. Another mistake I made was overdressing for the weather. I wore a jacket because I was so cold at the start but I wound up having to take it off during the race because I was overheating. I also wore a skull cap... same fucking overheating mistake so I had to stop again to take that off. Awesome. :/ And since shit comes in threes, the other mistake I made was I didn't pre-ride. Always preferable, but Saturday I was volunteering at Monkey Knife Fight where @Santapez and crew where riding. I don't know Ringwood well and I think it would have been a lot more helpful to have at least hit up some of those sections in a non-race setting.

So the race... the three ladies were off on their own early on (totally predictable) and it was just me and D for a little bit but she passed me because I suck at hills and I had to stop to de-layer and shit... and I rode really really sloppy and I got to the point where I just said Fuck it: don't race, just ride... but then I spotted D off in the distance and I was like OOOOHHHH... MAYBE... and then I got sloppier and made a wrong turn (by the way, when your head is down and you see what looks like a dirt turn off vs something that's rocky... don't take the dirt turn off... in ringwood, IT'S ALWAYS THE ROCKY WAY!) and then all hope was lost. I did finish and I didn't have any mechanicals like the ones that plagued me last year but I'm disappointed. I really don't give a shit about the podium and where I stand in comparison to everyone else. What I'm not happy with is how I rode. I have to give myself a little leeway with not having much biking going into this race, but I know I can ride cleaner. I like the rocky stuff... I like the challenge of the techy stuff... I might fucking suck at it at times, but I like that stuff the most. And I hate that I rode like shit there. I should have been like five-ten minutes faster and closer to competing with D. Maybe I sabotage myself. I don't know. I'm just hoping to have a cleaner race at Mooch, even if it means another DFL under my belt.
YOU WERE OUT THERE.....alll the counts!