PAA MTB Race Report: Ridgecrest Desert Classic 2017

Approximately 150 miles north of SGV, Ridgecrest, CA, hosted its annual MTB race this past Saturday, November 18. 4 PAA MTB members represented PAA Cycing in the Sport and Expert/Pro courses:

Classic – 8 mile loop
Beginner – 14 mile loop
Sport – 21 mile loop
Expert/Pro – 27 mile loop

Sport, Expert and Pro groups all enjoyed segments of the course named Fun House, Ridgeline descent, and something called The Widow Maker. Offering plenty of single track (from easy to some fairly technical), short, bursty climbs, and banked turns, the race was well organized offering up to 5 quick stop aid stations.

PAA’s resident pro Torsten finished 4th in a very tough Pro race. Nick took the #3 podium spot in his Expert age group.

Rob, originally racing Sport, mid-race changed to Expert and finished behind Nick in the #4. Peter tackled his first Sport category, finishing 4th in his age group.

The 3 race photos courtesy of Stephen Farmer from Ridgecrest MTB race.

Nick’s on-board video of final descent:


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